On Sunday, the Yankees honoured Mariano Rivera.
Along with the usual treasure trove of gifts, they brought out all the big guns.
Two new plaques were unveiled in Monument Park. One honouring Jackie Robinson and another commemorating the now permanently retired number that Rivera will be the last player to share with Robinson - #42. Robinson’s wife and daughter, Rachel and Sharon were in attendance.
Also present were George Steinbrenner's family, former Yankees GM Gene Michael, Jeff Nelson, David Cone, John Wetteland, Hideki Matsui, Tino Martinez, Paul O’Neill, Bernie Williams, Jorge Posada, former trainer Gene Monahan, Joe Torre and Rivera’s family.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg proclaimed Sunday “Mariano Rivera Day” in the city of New York.
The Yankees played a career video tribute on the scoreboard that ended with the voice of Bob Sheppard, the longtime Yankees’ P.A. announcer who died in 2010, announcing a Rivera appearance.
Then Metallica performed “Enter Sandman” and Robert Trujillo, James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich and Kirk Hammett gave Rivera a signed guitar.