NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Fans were thrilled Monday as Metallica rocked out to their classic “Enter Sandman” in the outfield, and Mariano Rivera walked out of the Yankee Stadium bullpen Sunday as the guest of honor for a big-league tribute.
Before the Bronx Bombers’ game against the San Francisco Giants — which ended in a 2-1 loss — there was a parade of stars on hand to say an emotional farewell and thank you to Rivera. Former Yankees Jorge Posada and Bernie Williams, the family of baseball legend Jackie Robinson and the heavy metal band who recorded the song that became Rivera’s anthem were among them.
Rivera, however, lamented about one person who was not there — late Yankees owner George Steinbrenner. He said he would have wanted to thank Steinbrenner “for giving me the opportunity to play for his team.”