The Yankees and Metallica Honor Mariano Rivera
The New York Yankees are lucky. Years ago, a kid in Panama was playing ball with a paper milk carton for a mitt. He threw his makeshift ball with unbelievable precision. No one, except the Yankees noticed this kid. It was Mariano Rivera.
During Spring Training, Rivera announced this was his last season. Wow. That time is here. Rivera has been honored by many of the ball clubs he shellacked throughout the years. Even the RED SOX had a ceremony!
Yesterday, it was the Yankees turn to honor Mo. In a 50 minute ceremony, former players, Jackie Robinson’s family and Metallica paid tribute. I was glad to see Metallica. It was their song “Enter Sandman” that set the tone for Rivera’s saves. That song will always remind me of Mo and how lucky I was to see him pitch.
Here is my list of the top 5 moments fro Mo’s tribute. God speed Mr. Rivera. See you at your Hall of Fame induction!
The Last Entrance
This is it. The last time, at Yankee Stadium, that Mariano Rivera would walk on the field as a player. What makes this special, is the video was shot by a fan in the bleachers.
The Last Speech
It harkened back to Lou Gerhig’s speech when he left the Yankees due to illness, only this was not a forced retirement. This was Mariano Rivera saying goodbye after a hall of fame garnering career.
Mo Meets Metallica
One of the coolest moments in sports meets rock history. The legendary Mariano Rivera, who always came in to save a game to “Enter Sandman” by Metallica finally meets the band.
The Last Number 42
Mariano Rivera is the last man standing; the last to be wearing the number 42. Jackie Robinson’s number was retired around baseball ia few years ago and those wearing it were allowed to continue until their retirement. It is fitting that Mo Rivera,the future hall of famer, had Jackie Robinson’s family on hand when his number 42 was retired.