When sporting royalty retires, they’re typically sent off on the right note. A guard of honor, a maximum capacity stadium on its feet. Tears.
When New York Yankees great Mariano Rivera was farewelled at his home ground on Sunday, Metallica turned the occasion up to 11.
The heavy metal legends were on hand at Yankee Stadium to deliver a live version of the closer's signature entrance tune - "Enter Sandman."
— Metallica (@Metallica) September 22, 2013
During the 50 minute-long presentation which delayed the game’s start, the group's members dragged an oversize amp from the home dugout emblazoned with Rivera's No. 42, and the names "Metallica" and "Sandman," the New York Daily News reports.
Each of the band members – James Hetfield, drummer Lars Ulrich, guitarist Kirk Hammett and basist Robert Trujillo – added their autographs to it.
It was just a one-song salute, punched out from center field. But everyone in the sellout crowd of 49,000-plus got a taste of history in the making -- the moment when the Rock And Roll Hall of Famers rocked the house for the future Baseball Hall of Famer.
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg had declared Sept. 22 as “Mariano Rivera Day.” Twitter declared it #ExitSandman day.
Last week, the Red Sox recognized Rivera’s 19-season career with a performance of “Enter Sandman” by the Boston Cello Quartet.