KANSAS CITY -- During the Royals Awards Show, pitcher of the year Joakim Soria was given a nod as the heir apparent to Yankees closer Mariano Rivera. Soria is a big Rivera fan, but he wasn't so sure about that designation.
"Those are big shoes for fill," Soria said. "This guy's amazing -- and as a person, too. I don't try to be like him. I have my own style to throw. I just go there and get it done. But if people see me like him, well, that's fine."
Soria, who lives in Mexico, came to the snow-covered FanFest site by himself.
"My wife and daughter can't be here today," he told the crowd. "It's too cold for them."