Mariano Rivera not a fan of Metallica’s ‘Enter Sandman’
Mariano Rivera became the first player ever to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame by unanimous vote Tuesday. Following the announcement of the esteemed honor, Rivera shared an interesting tidbit about something that became a huge part of his legend as the best closer in MLB history.
It turns out that Rivera, who entered games at Yankee Stadium to the song “Enter Sandman” by Metallica, is not a real big fan of the iconic band.
Rivera made an appearance Tuesday on MLB Network after the Hall of Fame announcement, and the topic of Metallica and “Enter Sandman” came up, which included a video of the rockers congratulating Rivera on his upcoming enshrinement in Cooperstown.
Hey Mo, we’ve got some old friends that wanted to say congrats. pic.twitter.com/enlwrVpaCc— Cut4 (@Cut4) January 22, 2019
The congratulatory message, which was played for Rivera, set the stage for some serious awkwardness, as Rivera made it clear Metallica is not in his musical wheelhouse when being asked how many times he’s seen the band in concert.
“With all due respect to the guys, I’ve never been to one of them,” he said, laughing, via the New York Post.
Turns out, Metallica’s brand of music just isn’t his thing.
“As a Christian, with all due respect to Metallica, I don’t listen to that kind of music,” he said.
Again, awkward. Footage of Rivera reacting to Metallica’s congratulatory message follows.
.@Metallica dropped in to congratulate Mariano Rivera on his unanimous election to the Hall of Fame!— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) January 23, 2019
Check out the full interview with the @Yankees legend here: https://t.co/4CLO3uIcmK pic.twitter.com/2giMDjXHB3
It’s hardly surprising that Rivera is not a huge fan of Metallica, as he’s known to be a huge Christian rock fan. It turns out Rivera had no role in selecting the song that became part of his closer identity, and now we know Rivera may have preferred Stryper for his intro music … or some other band of that ilk.