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    Metallica Plays “Enter Sandman” For Mariano Rivera During Yankee Stadium Ceremony

    The Sandman has exited.

    Last week, the Red Sox honored Yankees closer Mariano Rivera's career with a rendition of "Enter Sandman" by the Boston Cello Quartet.

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    But for Rivera's retirement ceremony today at Yankee Stadium, nothing less than the real deal would do.

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    So Rivera was played in from the bullpen before the game by none other than Metallica.

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    And here's Metallica.

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    #ExitSandman

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    The band, which hails from San Francisco, even left Rivera a personalized parting gift.

    #SFGiants present Mariano Rivera a custom guitar designed by Kirk Hammett of @Metallica autographed by Willie Mays

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    #SFGiants present Mariano Rivera a custom guitar designed by Kirk Hammett of @Metallica autographed by Willie Mays

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    The sellout crowd of 49,197 was ecstatic from the get-go.

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    Yankee Stadium chanting "Mariano"

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    OK, maybe not this guy.

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    Mo thanks the fans. #ExitSandman

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    Before long, No. 42 had said his final goodbyes to the Stadium fans.

    And perfectly, the ceremony ends at 1:42 #Mo

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    And perfectly, the ceremony ends at 1:42 #Mo

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    And Rivera got one more salute before the day was done, this time during the actual game.

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