Rivera to Quinnipiac?
Published: Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Updated: Wednesday, December 8, 2010 16:12
New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera visited Quinnipiac University on Wednesday to tour the campus with his son, Mariano Jr. According to a source close to the Quinnipiac baseball team, Mariano Jr., a senior at Iona Prep in New Rochelle, N.Y., has interest in pitching at the college level. Mariano Jr. has not made any decision regarding where he will go next year, but he already been accepted at Quinnipiac and is also looking at schools like Pace and Fairfield.
The source said that this is Mariano Jr.'s second visit to the campus, as he visited with his mother a couple of months ago while he was in the process of applying to schools. Mariano Jr. has not made his decision on which school he will be attending, but the source said he met with the coaching staff at QU, in addition to President Lahey on Wednesday. The Riveras plan on going to Mariano's native Panama during the holidays and Mariano Jr. will make his decision on where he will be attending sometime in 2011.
Campus was abuzz with the news that Rivera was visiting Quinnipiac today. Massive crowds followed him wherever he went and there were mobs reported around him in the cafeteria, the library, the athletic center and outside the admissions office. Mariano and Mariano Jr. went on a tour of the campus later in the afternoon, and were mobbed by students looking to take pictures of him and speak with the Yankee's pitcher. The Riveras were accompanied by several security guards as they departed on their tour toward Echlin Center.
The 41-year-old Rivera has been in the news lately as he recently signed a two-year contract to remain with the Yankees after spurning an offer from the Boston Red Sox. The legendary pitcher is considered to be the best closer in major league history. Rivera has won five World Series rings with the Yankees. Rivera is second all-time in Major League history with 559 saves.