Thursday, August 25, 2011

Countdown to 602 (UPDATE with pictures)

The 'Jeter Meter' is now the 'Mariano Meter,'
counting down Rivera's last ten
saves to the all time record.
OK, so 602 isn't as catchy as 3,000, but it's even more impressive. Now that Derek Jeter has surpassed the famed hit milestone, the 161st Business Improvement District has found another milestone their LCD sign can track.

The BID has installed a 'Mariano Meter' in front of his portrait between 161st Street and 162nd Street on River Avenue, which will count the last ten saves Mariano Rivera needs to capture the major league all-time saves record.

The meter, which originally counted up to 3,000 hits for Jeter, now counts up to 602 for Rivera as he chases the record.

The Mariano Meter currently sits at 592.

The four-foot LED screen carries 'good luck' wishes from local merchants, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. and fans. The Jeter Meter was in place in front of the Yankee Captain’s image from May through July. The Mariano Meter will run through the end of the season in front of Rivera's image.

Billy’s, Yankee Tavern, Molino Rojo, Stan’s, KJY Fruit, S & A Collectibles and Valencia Bakery are the initial sponsors of the Mariano Meter.

Fans will have a chance to wish Mo 'good luck' by stopping at the Mariano Meter and adding their names to the electronic scroll.
The meter is on River Avenue,
between 161st and 162nd streets.

Trevor Hoffman, a former San Diego Padre, holds the MLB record with 601. After Rivera, the next closest active pitcher to Hoffman is Francisco Cordero with 316.

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