When you head to New York for the weekend, you’d better make the most of your time in the Big Apple. And that’s exactly what the guys in Metallica just did, delivering a blistering set at the legendary Apollo Theater on Sept. 21 before making a surprise appearance at Yankee Stadium the following day.
The band was on hand at Yankee Stadium to help celebrate the career of Mariano Rivera, the intimidating pitcher who’s taken the mound countless times to the strains of Metallica’s ‘Enter Sandman.’ Retiring after a 19-year career in the majors, Rivera might have been playing his final home game with the Yankees, and they made it count with a nearly hour-long ceremony that included appearances from former coaches and teammates, the retiring of his jersey and a live performance of — you guessed it — ‘Enter Sandman.’ You can watch video above.
In addition to the song (which they kicked off by saying “This one’s for you, Mariano”) the band — decked out in special Yankees-style Metallica jerseys — presented Rivera with a giant autographed speaker with Rivera’s No. 42, the name Metallica and ‘Sandman’ on the front. “The whole thing was special, I wasn’t expecting something like that,” Rivera told ESPN. “A lot of emotions. It was more than what I was thinking.”