River Avenue and 161st Street turned into Rivera Avenue on Monday to honor the Yankees closer outside Yankee Stadium. (Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
Yankees great Mariano Rivera received the honor of having a street named after him outside Yankee Stadium on Monday, as WNBC sports anchor Bruce Beck tweeted a photo of the closer and numerous supportersstanding below a street sign labeled with the new moniker.
The honorary ceremony comes just a month after Major League Baseball announced that Rivera will start naming its annual reliever award after Rivera and Trevor Hoffman, who rank No. 1 and 2 in MLB all-time career saves, respectively.
After 19 seasons in the majors, all with the Yankees, Rivera, now 44 years old, announced his retirement in March 2013 effective the end of that season. He finished his career a 13-time All-Star, five-time World Series champion, a World Series MVP and holds the record for most career saves in MLB history with 652.SI WIRE: Tommy John selling autographed collage of famous MRI for $1,295