Mariano Rivera to be honored with street outside Yankee Stadium

Mark Townsend

The honors keep rolling in for New York Yankees legend Mariano Rivera following his retirement from Major League Baseball. The latest — and undoubtedly one of the coolest — came on Tuesday when a City Council proposal to rename a street outside Yankee Stadium in his honor passed 47-0.

Yes, 47-0. It's virtually impossible to get any group of politicians to agree on just about every other issue, but they all agreed Mariano Rivera is worthy of his own street.

The New York Post, which played a big part in campaigning for Rivera's street, reports the proposal calls for one block of River Avenue — near 161st Street — to be renamed Rivera Avenue.

Here's a look at the location.

The entire renaming process, which is a little more complicated than simply painting an 'A' on the street sign, should take about three months to complete according to the report. That would indicate the city will be ready to officially unveil Rivera Avenue prior to the 2014 season. Based on that timetable, wouldn't it be cool if there was a ceremony on or around opening day?

Those details will be determined at a later time. For now, Rivera is simply honored by the gesture.

“It’s an honor to have a street named after me,” Rivera told The Post afterwards. “I have a lot of great memories driving down that street. My family and I are extremely grateful for this.”

According to the Post story, Yankees fan Thomas Ferrera took charge early in the process, pushing Council member Maria del Carmen Arroyo to file the proper paperwork. Foley’s NY Pub & Restaurant in Midtown was also heavily involved the process, holding a petition drive to encourage the Council to approve the bill. Apparently it didn't take a lot persuading to get everybody on board, and though traditionally street names are reserved for the deceased, the City Council was happy to make an exception for Rivera.

That everybody was on the same page and willing to make that exception when it came to making Rivera Avenue a reality only reconfirms how highly regarded Mariano Rivera is in the Bronx. And not just for his performance on the field, but also his charity work in the community and the good example he's set for everyone who will follow.

Congratulations to Rivera. And to Yankees fans, please drive safely on Rivera Ave.

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Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at bigleaguestew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!