07/21: Like Mariano Rivera, MarianoRivera.com to Retire

Posted by: Patrick
Thank you for visiting MarianoRivera.com.

On April 4, 2004, well over 10 years ago, I launched this site.

I was born a Yankees fan and began really paying attention in the early 1990s. I can remember watching the Yankees on WPIX and seeing the double play combination of Mike Gallego and Spike Owen (I don't know why this memory sticks out so much, they didn't even play that many games together).

Those weren't great days for the Yankees. I didn't know it, but I was fortunate because the team had a few truly great players developing in their farm system. One of them was Mariano Rivera.

The Introduction

My first real exposure to Mr. Rivera was on July 4, 1995. I was visiting my grandparents - also Yankee fans - for Independence Day. The Yankees were on ESPN that afternoon and their starter was a person I don't think I had seen pitch before. Mariano Rivera.

He pitched a gem that day - 8 innings of 2 hit ball, which earned him his second victory. Little did I know, that just a year later, he would be one of the catalysts that would push the team to their first World Series title in 18 seasons, since before I was born. The amazing run of 1996 through 2000 doesn't seem that long ago.

Why I Created MarianoRivera.com

In early 2000, as I was getting more and more into web development, I noticed that there were no fan sites dedicated to Mr. Rivera. Plenty of other players had fan sites. But he didn't. Why? At that point, even with 10 more seasons ahead of him, it was clear that he was on his way to the Hall of Fame. He was the game's best closer and a clutch performer of the highest order.

Since no fan site existed, I decided to make one and MarianoRivera.com was born.

All Good Things Must Come to an End

Flash forward to the present, and I am moving in different directions. For a while now, I have been making changes to free myself up and improve my life. This has caused me to review every single commitment I have made and to think about whether or not it puts me closer to my long term goals. I've had to make some tough choices. And I have made a tough choice here.

It's a choice I've been thinking about for a long time, even before Mr. Rivera announced his retirement. But when he did so, I decided to put off this decision as I wanted to make sure that we covered his retirement in an appropriate manner. But now that it has passed, it is also time for this website to retire. It's hard to be a part of something for so long and then see it end. This isn't something I take lightly. I have given it a lot of thought and I will miss it.

My Plans

For a very long time, it has been my expectation that I would one day present the marianorivera.com domain name to Mr. Rivera or to his foundation. When I decided to close the site, my ideal scenario was for that to happen. Over the past couple of months, I have attempted to make contact with his foundation, but have not received a response.

As such, here is my plan. Two weeks from today, I will be moving the site to MarianoRiveraFans.com. The current contents of the website will be preserved and remain online at that domain for an undetermined period of time. We have built something special here, and I don't just want to delete it from the internet right now.

By moving it to another domain name, I will be freeing up the marianorivera.com domain name for the foundation's use in the future. If someone over there - or someone connected to them - reads this, please pass the word along. If there is interest, please contact me. My email address is patrick@ifroggy.com.

If the domain is transferred, I will ask that the new owner host a small file on their server to ensure that Google knows that the old site has moved and a new site has been launched. Alternatively, I could maintain ownership of the domain name for at least 4-6 months from now, while that update occurs. Either way, my goal over that period is to separate this site from the domain so that what we did here can live online for a little while longer, just under a different name.

I Haven't Done This Alone

From June 8, 2004 through today, through the entire run of this site except for two months, David Williams has been blogging with me and has been responsible for many of the game recaps that we have published over the years. His contributions have been immense and it is incredible to have had him by my side for so long. Thank you, David. I am grateful for all of your support and everything that you have done here. I can't say that enough.

If you would like to stay in touch with David, you can find him through these methods:
Current readers may not remember this, but one other person blogged here, early on. That was my friend Seamus Molloy and I'd like to thank him, as well, for being a part of this site.

Keep in Touch

I am sure that most people who read this website are here for Mariano Rivera news and info only, but if you would like to stay in touch with me, I'd love to connect with you. Please find me here:
Thank You

Running this site for so long, we have connected with many fans of Mr. Rivera. There are a few that have stood out, as they have stuck around, commented over an extended period of time and submitted story tips. Specifically, I would like to thank Moises Young Diaz, John Lewis-Moore, Sanghyun Choo, Franklin Gomez and nycjobs for actively reading and being a part of our community. I appreciate all of your kindness and support.

Thank you to everyone who has visited, supported and commented on MarianoRivera.com. It was that support that helped us to continue to run this site for so long. It's been fun. Go Yankees.

Sincerely,

Patrick O'Keefe

Comments

Moises Young-Diaz wrote:

Patrick;

We have enjoyed the wonderful news, for so long, about the Panamanian Sensational, Mariano Rivera, No 42.

We wish the best on your future. And Thank you, again, for this great website.

Mi mejores saludos y que sigas triunfando en el futuro.

Your friend, Moises
07/24 09:02:36

Patrick wrote:

Thank you for your support and kind words over the years, Mr. Diaz. It has meant a lot.

Patrick
07/24 11:39:05

John Lewis-Moore wrote:

Patrick and David -

This site has meant a lot to me over the years and I will miss it. I want to thank you wholeheartedly for creating a great community for Mariano Rivera fans to get together and learn of news from the great #42. I do hope that you provide some updates in a few years when Mo takes his rightful place in Cooperstown. Thank you to the other commenters and readers. I wish you all the best in your future endeavors.

JLM
07/31 04:48:07

Patrick wrote:

Thank you for your kind words and support, Mr. Lewis-Moore. It has meant a lot to us.

Patrick
07/31 14:44:58

Sanghyun Choo wrote:

Thank you.

I wish the best on your future.

Mariano Rivera is an eternal
hero of my life and he is the
best closer in baseball history.

from South Korea
Sanghyun Choo
08/17 00:41:42

Patrick wrote:

Thank you for the kind words, Sanghyun Choo. We appreciate it.

Patrick
08/17 01:50:19

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