Recently, New York Yankees pitching legend Mariano Rivera became the first player to be unanimously elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame. In case you didn’t know, Mariano Rivera used to walk to the mound with Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” playing in the background. With that being said, Metallica recorded a special video congratulating the legendary closer.
As you can see in the video below, frontman James Hetfield said, “We, Metallica, took a vote here, and it’s unanimous. Congratulations from the entire Metallica family, Mariano, on your induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame.”
“It’s well deserved, and we look forward to watching you enter the Hall this summer,” added drummer Lars Ulrich.
The video was played for Mariano Rivera during his interview with the MLB Network. While Mariano called the shout-out “amazing” and the band members “great people,” he admitted that he’s actually not a huge fan of their music.
Responding to a question about how many Metallica shows he’s seen, Rivera laughed and said, “With all due respect to the guys, I’ve never been to one of them.”
Mariano added “As a Christian — again, with all my respect to Metallica and all the guys — I don’t listen to that kind of music. I listen to Christian music.”
Hopefully one day, Mariano Rivera can catch a Metallica concert and rock out to his own theme song in person.