When it got here time to just accept his honor, Mr. Rivera, who moved to New Rochelle as a younger ballplayer, confirmed why he’s thought of the best nearer of all time.
“I fell in love with New Rochelle prefer it was my hometown, a small fishing village in Panama,” he advised the group, earlier than mentioning plans for a studying heart he desires to open for native youngsters, and for which he’s now elevating cash.
“It’s not about me,” he stated. “It’s about investing in our future.”
After the ceremony, a P.A. system performed Metallica’s “Enter Sandman,” the track that crammed Yankee Stadium every time Mr. Rivera entered a recreation. Mr. Rivera signed autographs and took images with the small group of followers in attendance, and spoke reverently about his fellow honoree, whose identify he had first discovered that morning.
“Now I do know just a little bit extra about him,” Mr. Rivera stated, smiling. He added: “I had nobody telling me I can not go to that restaurant, I can not use that rest room. He went by all that stuff. I’m pleased with individuals like these, who did what wanted to be finished for others. For me. He did it for me. So he to me is the Jackie Robinson of soccer.”