The New York Yankees paid tribute to one of the greatest players to ever wear the pinstripes, Mariano Rivera in a special ceremony this afternoon at Yankee Stadium.
The team retired Rivera’s #42, unveiled a Rivera plaque in monument park and a Jackie Robinson plaque as well. There will never be another player to wear the #42 in Major League Baseball.
Several Yankees greats were in attendance to support Rivera including Gene Michael, the man responsible for building the Yankees dynasty of the late 1990s and 2000s, David Cone, Paul O’Neil, Jeff Nelson, Tino Martinez, Bernie Williams, Hideki Matsui, Joe Torre, former trainer Gene Monahan, and the closer before Mariano, John Wetteland.
The team paid a video tribute to Rivera, which was followed by Metallica playing “Enter Sandman” in center field as Mariano exited the bullpen on his way to greet his family and fellow Yankees greats.
The San Francisco Giants presented Rivera with a picture of him pitching in AT&T Park and a guitar signed by all the members of Metallica. Derek Jeter and Joe Girardi gave Mo a rocking chair made out of bats, and the Steinbrenner’s presented Rivera a replica of his monument park plaque.
The ceremonies ended with Rivera saying “Let’s Play Ball”, the classiest end to a ceremony honoring one of the classiest players to ever play the game.