Report: Yankee Stadium street to be renamed after Derek Jeter
It’s all but a formality that Derek Jeter will be elected into the Hall of Fame next week, and New York City business and political leaders are working on a plan to get a street outside Yankee Stadium named after “The Captain.”
According to a report from AM New York, City Council members Vanessa Gibson and Diana Ayala are expected to introduce a bill “to rename East 161st Street, located right outside of Yankee Stadium and then some eastbound blocks, as ‘Jeter Street.’”
Cary Goodman, 161st Street BID Director, is behind the movement and is petitioning the City Council to move forward on the “Jeter Street” proposal. Goldman also hopes Jeter will attend a ceremony when the name change is officially unveiled.
“We want Jeter to celebrate the honor here in The Bronx, where he spent his entire playing career,” Goodman said. “… It’s pretty impossible to hate Derek Jeter.”
Jeter of course has already been enshrined in Yankee Stadium’s Monument Park, but there is arguably no living Yankee more deserving of the additional honor of having a street outside the ballpark named after him.
Interestingly enough, should the proposal go through on the anticipated council vote next week — which is expected to be a mere formality — Jeter Street will intersect with Rivera Avenue, which was renamed in honor of iconic Yankees closer Mariano Rivera following his retirement in 2013.