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Yankees Honor Mariano Rivera With Street Renaming

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Retired pitcher Mariano Rivera was on hand Monday for the renaming of a street in front of Yankee Stadium as "Rivera Avenue.'' NY1's Erin Clarke filed the following report.

It took just one letter to turn River Avenue into a permanent tribute to one of the greatest Yankees ever to take the mound.

"We add an A to River Avenue, and River Avenue will now be called Rivera Avenue," said Lonn Trost, the Yankees' chief operating officer.

"Well, River, Rivera, it's only an extra letter," said one fan.

Fans said it's a no-brainer and something well-deserved for the former Yankees closer, who retired last season.

"He's a man of class and dignity, which is very lacking in today's athletes, and it's an honor that in this neighborhood, they're honoring him today with this sign," said one fan.

"He just was wonderful," said another. "You knew when he came to the mound that the game was going to be wrapped up. It was just awesome seeing him play."

Rivera's accomplishments on the field were many.

"He's the all-time leader in interleague saves with 75," Trost said. "He has 42 career post-season saves, including 11 in the world series, both of which are Major League records."

However, it's also his work off the field that most agree make him a true Yankee great.

"His and Clara's accomplishments have been through their strong faith in God, with their charitable efforts to raise money for children in the poverty areas here in the states and in his native Panama through the Mariano Rivera Foundation," said Tom Ferrara, CEO of Future Value Associates.

"It's just an honor for it to be done after a living legend," said one fan. "Usually, this happens when people pass on, but it's good to see that he'll get a chance to see this honor."

Thousands of fans pushed for Rivera Avenue on social media, and the City Council voted yes to the change late last year.

"You guys made this sign possible. You guys pushed," Rivera said. "I didn't do nothing. I just tried to do my job. You guys worked harder than me, so I thank you for every effort."

Always humble, the Sandman's legacy will now live on at the corner named Mo - Rivera that is.

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