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BRONX TIMES REPORTER, A 12 UGUST 2-8, 2019 BTR
BY ALEX MITCHELL
This week it’s important to acknowledge
the accomplishments of
two Bronx legends that have left an indelible
mark on the borough in ways
that few have ever done.
While one was acknowledged in
Cooperstown (and later New Rochelle)
for his achievements on the mound,
the other celebration occurred on East
Tremont Avenue in Throggs Neck for
his longtime work on the pages of the
Bronx Times Reporter.
Both Mariano Rivera and Patrick
Rocchio were anchored in the Bronx
for over a decade and both have decided
to move on to a life past their
craft in which they are and have been
recognized for their awesome talent.
While Rivera has the record for
most saves in Major League Baseball,
Rocchio has set a similar record in articles
written over the past 11 years,
amassing over 4,000 pieces on every
Mo was best known for his introduction
of ‘Enter Sandman’ by Metallica
while Rocchio preferred more classical
music when taking to the fi eld during
his Bronx Times career.
Rivera was known for his heater,
but Rocchio was known for his cool
style, which attracted readers to the
paper while he kept them informed
about all the borough’s happenings.
As we celebrate Mariano’s induction
into the Baseball Hall of Fame we
also formally induct Rocchio into our
own Schneps Media/ Bronx Times
Hall of Fame for closing out every single
issue in a style that may never be
replicated by anyone else.
Pat, thanks for the hard work you
put in to close out each of those 600
deadlines. You’ve certainly showed
how much you care about your home
borough by all of the excellent coverage
that you’ve provided on so many
important Bronx issues.
Good luck and remember you’re always
welcome at the Bronx Times Reporter.
Patrick Rocchio and Anh Nguyen were married
in Nguyen’s native Vietnam.
Photo courtesy of Patrick Rocchio
Andre Trenier’s mural of Mariano Rivera on
the rolldown gate of Stan’s Sports Bar.