Originally posted on The Other Paper  |  Last updated 2/3/13
To New York Yankees fans, Mariano Rivera is Fireman of the Year every year for his incredible ability to extinguish an opponent's rally in the bottom of the ninth. Yesterday, it was announced that the Yankees reliever was chosen to be Man of the Year by the New York Board of Rabbis and will be given a tour of of Israel for giving back through his various charity work. Rivera, a Pentecostal Christian, will be awarded the prestigious award for his philanthropic work after the "two holy seasons" — the 2013 baseball season and Jewish High Holidays —are over, when the Yankees pitching great will escorted on a 10-day tour of the Holy Land. Through his church, Rivera does extensive relief work in his native Panama besides doing other charitable work in the New York area. Rivera, speaking at a pre-Super Bowl charity dinner in New Rochelle, NY, told guests he is coming along just fine after tearing his ACL last season and missing all but nine games of the season. "You bet I'm ready to g...
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