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NY newspaper wants to rename street in honor of Mariano Rivera

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

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Assuming the Yankees do not mount a miraculous late-season comeback to qualify for the playoffs, Mariano Rivera's Hall of Fame career will end in 12 days. He's been on a farewell tour all season, receiving gifts and congratulations from every team on his final trip through their city. In turn, Rivera has met with fans and team employees at each stop.

The Yankees have their big going-away ceremony planned for this upcoming weekend. It's sure to be a blast, but Mike Vaccaro of the New York Post says the City of New York should also step up and do something to honor Rivera. He wants the city to change the name of River Ave. -- the street right outside Yankee Stadium -- to Rivera Ave. going forward. Here is the Post's cover:

Renaming a street after an all-time great athlete is hardly a ground-breaking concept but it is definitely cool. I don't think the people of New York or (especially) Yankees fans will need a street sign to remind them of Rivera's greatness, but that doesn't mean it wouldn't be a neat gesture on the part of the city.

(Wink of the CBS eye to the appropriately named @RiverAveBlues)

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