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Mariano Rivera Day: 161st Street BID [Photos]



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Bronx, NY – Today’s game between the New York Yankees (60-56) and Tampa Bay Rays (46-69) concludes my four-game weekend of baseball coverage.

On Friday, the Yankees defeated the Rays 6-3. The next day, I covered the Yankees 8-4 win over Tampa Bay. From there, I went to Citi Field to cover the Mets dramatic and much-needed 2-3 win over the San Diego Padres. As of right now, I’m 3-0 in the games I’ve covered.

In addition to the games itself, the plots consisted of Alex Rodriguez’s final game as a Yankee, the Reunion of the 1996 Yankees and the Mets postgame concert featuring the band, Styx. Prior to today’s Yankees game, Mariano Rivera’s Monument Park Plaque Dedication Ceremony will take place.

Before I checked into Yankee Stadium and met my friend, Rev. Joseph E. Franco of the St. Francis of Assisi Church in the South Bronx for breakfast, I went the 161st Street BID mural unveilings of two of baseball’s greats to ever wear #42, Mariano Rivera and Jackie Robinson. The artist behind both murals was Andre Trenier.

As stated in the press release, “The new murals are part of a set of fourteen painted in the 161 BID’s district by street muralists, Lexi Bella, Danielle Mastrion and Andre Trenier. The gigantic portraits include: Joe DiMaggio, Thurman Munson, Reggie Jackson, Mickey Mantle, Satchel Paige, Roberto Clemente, Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Yogi Berra, Elston Howard, Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth in addition to Jackie and Mariano.”

Thanks to my friend, Dr. Cary Goodman, the BID’s executive director, the mural unveilings at 158st St & River Ave was the perfect way to kickoff my Sunday. Moments before the unveiling, NYC Council Speaker, Melissa Mark-Viverito gave a brief about today and the work of the 161st Street BID.

Followig the event, the BID’s Youth Ambassadors greeted fans and gave away Jackie & Mariano collectible postcards at local businesses like The Dugout, Yankee Tavern, Billy’s, Yankee Bar & Grill and Stan’s.

Following the ceremony, I took off to Yankee Stadium and met Rev. Joseph for Sunday Breakfast. By the time I arrived, he was done with Sunday Mass. Whenever the Yankees have a Sunday game, he holds Sunday Mass at the Stadium. Regardless of the day and venue, it’s always great to catch up with a good friend.

With that said, here’s some morning photos!

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