By Thomas Cowley
New York Yankee's All Star Relief Pitcher Mariano Rivera is retiring at the end of this year after a nearly twenty year career. While this itself is not exactly news to anyone, the fact that, as part of his send off, Metallica performed “Enter Sandman” yesterday, September 22nd in a small ceremony for the 43 year old Yankee certainly is. For those of you unaware, Rivera has used the track “Enter Sandman” as his opening music for fourteen years, and has become symbolic with the pitcher for fans everywhere.
Rumor had been floating around that Metallica might perform their chart topping hit as Rivera's career came to a close, but nothing was ever officially announced. The ceremony comprised of Metallica's performance, their gift of a custom amp with “Metallica 42 Sandman” printed on it, in respect of his uniform number. There was also a gift from the San Francisco Giants, that days opposing team, of a custom guitar designed by Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett, and signed by baseball Hall of Fame member Willie Mays.
Mariano Rivera is the last active player in major league baseball to bear the number 42 after the number was retired on April 15th, 1997 in honor of the legendary Jackie Robinson, who was the first black man to be hired by a major league team, the Brooklyn Dodgers. At the time those who were still wearing the number were allowed to do so until their retirement. With Rivera's career coming to a close, the number will now become a part of baseball history.
You can check out Metallica's performance here.
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