Metallica Plays Yankee Stadium for Mariano Rivera Retirement Ceremony

Posted by Michael Mueller on September 23, 2013 at 9:24 AM

When New York Yankees relief pitcher Mariano Rivera announced 2013 would be his final season, teams all across baseball took their turns honoring the greatest closer in baseball history. On Sunday, September 22, the New York Yankees got their turn, and so they brought Metallica to Yankee Stadium to play "Enter Sandman"—their timeless 1991 monster hit and the song to which Rivera has jogged to the mound since 1999—to kick off the ceremony in style. Following the performance, the band presented Rivera with a custom-painted 4x12 cab featuring Mo's no. 42, and an ESP guitar.

"What surprised me the most," said Rivera at a press conference about his 50-minute retirement ceremony, "[was] seeing Metallica there playing the song."

Baseball wasn't the only thing on Metallica's schedule during this visit. The band brought heavy metal to Harlem's historical Apollo Theater on Saturday night, and they also spent time promoting their full-length concert movie, Metallica: Through the Never, which hits theaters September 27.

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