The Mets have showed a soft spot for their crosstown rivals closer this year. Like every other team in MLB, they honored Mariano Rivera during his farewell tour, but they've decided to bring out the big guns for the closer's 13th and final All-Star Game.
According to reports, Rivera will hear his infamous entrance song, Metallica's "Enter Sandman," as he makes his way out from the bullpen Tuesday at Citi Field. "Enter Sandman" has been Rivera's entry song since 1999.
American League manager Jim Leyalnd guaranteed that fans will see Rivera pitch in the All-Star Game, whether it's a save situation or not.
"You can rest assured he will be on the mound at some point and you will see him pitch . . . You will see No. 42 pitch," he told reporters Monday.
During Rivera's last regular season series at Citi Field, the Mets had him throw out the ceremonial first pitch on May 28. The reverse psychology worked for the Mets as they went on to hand Rivera his first blown save of the year with a 2-1 win over their crosstown rival Yankees.