Ringing the Bell

July 27, 2012 – On July 18, the greatest closer of all-time got things started on Wall Street.

Rivera, who is currently recovering from a knee injury, was at the New York Stock Exchange to ring the opening bell.

“First of all, the relationship that the stock exchange has with the New York Yankees is tremendous,” Rivera told me when I interviewed him a few minutes before we walked onto the trading floor. “This is a great experience for me personally, and I’m really proud to have to opportunity to ring the opening bell.”

From the time we got onto the floor until Rivera made his way to the deck, the traders, who were in pursuit of his photo and autograph, swarmed the closer.

In a conversation with a Stock Exchange official, who has been witness to a few decades worth of athletes and other celebrities ringing the opening bell, I was told that “Rivera got more attention than anyone who has come through here.”

Rivera graciously signed every baseball and photo that was put in front of him, while posing for dozens of photos.

“It was a great experience,” Rivera said. “So many people appreciate what we do, and I appreciate their support. I was overwhelmed by the greeting I received and by how beautiful the Stock Exchange building is. The history there tremendous, and I am proud to have seen it up close.”

–Alfred Santasiere III

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