Rivera to enter to familiar theme at All-Star Game

'Enter Sandman' queued up for Yankees reliever for final All-Star appearance
07/16/2013 11:44 AM ET
By Mike Tanowitz

Mariano Rivera receives his All-Star jersey prior to game against the Twins.(AP)
American League manager Jim Leyland said Monday that you can "rest assured" Mariano Rivera will pitch in Tuesday's All-Star Game - and when Mo does enter that game for the final time in his career, his famous entrance song, "Enter Sandman," will accompany him.

The Metallica hit and Mariano Rivera have been synonymous for fans all around baseball ever since the 1999 season, when he took the mound to the song for the first time. Hearing those opening strains when the all-time saves leader exits the bullpen may be a little odd considering he'll be wearing a visitor's jersey instead of the famous pinstripes, but it is certainly a great gesture by the Yankees' crosstown rival and All-Star Game hosts, the Mets.

"It will be a fitting tribute to one of the great players and people the game has seen," Yankees president Randy Levine said. "Thanks to the Mets and to MLB."

At the age of 43, Rivera will be making his 13th All-Star appearance, ranking him second behind only Warren Spahn (14) in total appearances by a pitcher in the exhibition. 

So far this season, Rivera is 30-for-32 in save opportunities and has posted a 1.83 ERA and 8.4 K/9 ratio in 34.1 innings over 38 appearances.

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