Last year River Avenue at 161st Street in the Bronx – right outside Yankee Stadium — was re-named “Mariano Rivera Avenue.” Nice honor, even if I’m guessing no one uses that name for the street.
Now there’s going to be another one: WFAN reports that two Bronx councilwomen are introducing legislation to rename part of 161st street — the part that intersects with Mariano Rivera Avenue — as “Jeter Street.” It’s expected to pass easily.
Which, hey, whenever you can honor a legend, you do it. Jeter is going into the Hall of Fame this year and Yankees fans have him to thank for being one of the driving forces of the most successful Yankees teams in most of their lifetimes.
Just be careful if you’re driving on Jeter Street, will ya? I am told that going left is strictly prohibited. And really, going right is increasingly difficult as time goes on as well.
UPDATE: I’m not the only one thinking along these lines:
Matt Spiegel of 670 The Score Chicago heard from a source that Major League Baseball executives have been discussing a 100-game season that would begin on July 1 and conclude on October 15. It would essentially pick up the second half schedule, eliminating the All-Star Game while hosting the World Series at a neutral warm-weather stadium — ideally Dodger Stadium.
In the event the Dodgers, who won 106 games last year, made it all the way through the playoffs, the World Series would be hosted in Anaheim or San Diego. The earlier rounds of the playoffs would be played in the cities of the teams involved, which might be tough since the postseason would extend into November.
Spiegel went on to describe this vision as “an absolute best case scenario,” and that’s accurate. In order for the regular season to begin on July 1, the players would need to have several weeks if not a full month prior to get back into playing shape — more or less an abbreviated second spring training. And that would mean the U.S. having made significant progress against the virus by way of herd immunity or a vaccine, which would allow for nonessential businesses to resume operations. The U.S., sadly, is faring not so well compared to other nations around the world for a variety of reasons, but all of which point to a return to normalcy by the summer seeming rather unlikely.
Regardless, the league does have to plan for the potential of being able to start the regular season this summer just in case things really do break right and offer that opportunity. Commissioner Rob Manfred has stated multiple times about the league’s need to be creative, referring to ideas like playing deep into the fall, changing up the location of games, playing without fans in attendance, etc. This rumor certainly fits the “creative” mold.