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The "Mariano Rivera Bullpen" at Yankee Stadium

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For nearly two decades, Yankee Stadium has been home to a rare individual blessed with unmatched ability, combined with profound dignity and grace... we are unlikely to see his like again. Beyond the sheer Hall-Of-Fame statistics, Mariano Rivera's incredible career has thrilled and inspired us. How many times have we glanced excitedly towards the Yankee bullpen, the moment the Bombers take a lead in the late innings, just to see if he's warming up? How many times have we smiled and cheered to the sight of Number 42 trotting out of the bullpen gate, as Enter Sandman blares? What other Yankee, past or present, is so indelibly linked to that small piece of real estate, just beyond the outfield wall? In this, his final season, this season of tributes for Mariano Rivera, every club in Major League Baseball has honored and gifted him. Now it's time for New York and the Steinbrenner family to step up and play the final, perfect notes. No bronzed broken bats or sand sculptures this time. Sure, a plaque in Monument Park would be lovely. A monument, even nicer. But, in our opinion, the only fitting honor would be to forever affix the Rivera name to the very spot on which it truly belongs. Let every Yankee fan for the next 50 years look past that outfield wall and immediately remember who once toiled there. Let's take our kids and grandkids to the Stadium, and point out to them the name of a great player they were not lucky enough to see in person. Let's make sure we always remember the dignified gentleman who all but owned that spot, along with a permanent spot in our collective hearts. We humbly ask the New York Yankees to re-name the Yankee Stadium Bullpen..... the Mariano Rivera Bullpen.

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