Yankee star shines in Shore Road Park

Baseball legend Mickey Rivers traded in Yankee Stadium for 97th Street and Shore Road, while donning a new jersey last Wednesday, June 19; his Yankee pinstripes were replaced by a solid navy blue tee with “Pipin’s Pub” inscribed upon it, as the retired star centerfielder made a guest appearance at a Bay Ridge Softball League game.

Co-owner of Pipin’s Pub, Stephen Oliver, along with his business partner and friend Anthony Bartholomeo first met the World Series player six years ago at Heroes in Pinstripes Fantasy Camp.

“[Rivers] would be in Pipin’s or Chadwick’s having a bite to eat, and when he found out when we had a softball team, he said, ‘I want to play with you guys!’” Oliver recalled.

Rivers got his wish granted at Pipin’s game against The Wicked Monk on Wednesday.

“He was great with both teams; we were all having fun and making some jokes. We got him a Pipin’s Pub jersey with number seven, his number, and he started in centerfield,” Oliver said.

After the game, Rivers took some time to talk to the kids who turned up to the game, hoping to get a glimpse of the diamond superstar.

“Mickey was great with the kids. After the game, he sat on a cooler and talked to the younger ones about school, working hard, and life,” Oliver said.

Pipin’s ultimately emerged victorious at the game versus fellow Third Avenue bar, The Wicked Monk, but camaraderie took precedence over competition as both teams took in the glory of playing softball in Bay Ridge with a baseball phenomenon.

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