Mo Rivera Yankee Stadium Farewell Tribute [Photo]
“While I’m still playing, I’m retired already,” Rivera joked later. “It was good. There’s always a first time. To have Rachel and the Robinson family here, it means a lot to me. All the respect that I have for the family and for Mr. Jackie Robinson and all he did for us, me being the last one to wear the No. 42, I can’t ask for better than that.”
“What surprised me the most? Oh my God. To see the band there, Metallica, out there playing the song,” Rivera said. “The whole thing was special. I wasn’t expecting something like that.” – nydailynews
The NY Yankees showed their (the) greatest reliever of all-time Mariano Rivera AKA Mo some love and showered him with gifts including a live performance by Metallica at a Yankee Stadium final farewell tribute yesterday! Where do we start?! Before the Yankees disappointing 2-1 loss to the San Francisco Giants yesterday, the Yankees honored Mo with a lengthy Yankee Stadium farewell tribute! READ MORE after the jump…
First, Mo presented the Jackie Robinson tribute plaque with his wife, Clara and three sons, and Robinson’s widow, Rachel and daughter Sharon; the No. 42 was retired in 1997 (at Monument Park) in tribute to the great Jackie Robinson!
Then, Mo and the entourage went to present his own No. 42 that was retired in the outfield wall! That is when the music started!
Mo walked on into the stadium from the bullpen to Metallica rocking out to “Enter the Sandman,” Mo’s entrance song since 1999!
Mo was then joined by former Championship teammates including: longtime friend Jorge Posada, Joe Torre (pic above), Bernie Williams, Tino Martinez, Paul O’Neill, John Wetteland, David Cone, Jeff Nelson and Hideki Matsui!
Mo was then showered with gifts first and foremost a custom made baseball bat rocking chair presented from the Yankees…
The Giants got in the mix presenting Mo with a watercolor of himself and a Kirk Hammett (Metallica’s lead guitarist) electric guitar, signed by Giants HOF Willie Mays…
Metallica then presented Mo with a customized speaker cabinet…
The party didn’t stop there Mo was then gifted a $100K towards the Mariano Rivera Foundation and given a framed print of his freshly retired No. 42 plaque…
Lastly, Mo was given a Waterford Crystal Glove replica of his mit by Hal Steinbrenner, son of the late George Steinbrenner.
- Bernie Williams
- custom made
- George Steinbrenner
- Hal Steinbrenner
- Hideki Matsui
- jackie robinson
- Joe Torre
- Jorge Posada
- live performance
- Mariano Rivera
- No. 42
- NY Yankees
- San Francisco Giants
- Yankee Stadium