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Posted by: Patrick
Just in time for the new year, all of the MarianoRivera.com stat pages have been updated to reflect the 2008 season. Thank you for visiting MarianoRivera.com!
Posted by: Patrick
Newsday's Katie Strang spoke with Mariano Rivera about the newest Yankees: CC Sabathia and A.J. Burnett.

Rivera said the Yankees have done a "tremendous job" paving the way for a championship run during this free-agency period by locking up both Sabathia and Burnett.

"That's the Yankees for you," Rivera said. "This year, they knew we needed some starting pitching, so they went out there and got two of the best on the market."
Posted by: Patrick
Unfortunately, Mo finished second in voting for Closer of the Year in the This Year in Baseball Awards.

Closer of the Year -- Brad Lidge, Phillies: When Lidge began the regular season with 17 straight scoreless appearances for Philadelphia, it was clear he'd regained the overpowering form that marked his early years in Houston. By season's end, the man with the unhittable slider had gone a perfect 41-for-41 in save opportunities, enabling him to run away with 44 percent of the votes, the highest of any category. Three-time TYIB winner Mariano Rivera came in a distant second with 22.7 percent of the vote.
Posted by: Patrick
Matt Gagne of the Daily News spoke with Mariano Rivera about the additions to the Yankees starting rotation and, briefly, about his rehab.

"Everything is OK, a lot of rehabbing," he told Gagne. "It's definitely painful, but everything is good."

Via Dave and Aziz.
Posted by: Patrick
With the holiday season upon us, it may be a little quiet around here toward the end of this month, but I wanted to take a moment to wish everyone a very happy holiday and a happy, healthy and successful 2009!

Thank you to everyone who has read, commented, linked and contributed to MarianoRivera.com in 2008. We appreciate all of the support that we receive from our readers!

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Posted by: Patrick
The Mo's New York Grill website has a promotion for a "Private Dinner with Mariano Rivera" on December 16 at the restaurant. It runs from 7 PM to 10 PM and the cost is $300 for one ticket or $500 for two.

The ticket buys you a dinner buffet, open bar, access to a question and answer session with Mr. Rivera, a personal photo with Mo (by a professional photographer) and a signed 8x10 game photo.

There are a maximum of 100 spots available and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Rivera Foundation in an effort to provide Christmas presents to children in Panama. Call (914) 632-1442 to purchase tickets.

Via David.
Posted by: Patrick
From Bob Kennedy of The Advocate:

The Stamford Old Timers Athletic Association held its 66th annual dinner Monday night, an event that honors former Stamford athletes for not only their athletic exploits on the field of play but for giving back to our community. ...

[Bobby] Valentine introduced Rivera, calling him "The best pitcher in the modern era of baseball. "You know what I love about Mariano Rivera? For more than 10 years he played baseball Stamford style - he comes right at you. For most of his career he threw one pitch. He's saying 'I got it. Here it comes. What are you going to do with it?' " Valentine remarked.

Rivera, who was invited to the event by the Yankees' former massage therapist, Stamford's Scott Yellin, said he was honored to be at the dinner. "This is a wonderful cause because you help out so many young people," he said. "If we don't invest in our youth, who will? This is just a tremendous dinner. You're helping youngsters by being here. "