NEW YORK — The white board in the Giants clubhouse at Yankee Stadium included a schedule for Sunday's ceremony honoring Mariano Rivera. Beneath the schedule was a message: "Starts at 12:50 ... if you want to watch."
The Giants certainly did, and stood two-deep along the dugout rail as Rivera was honored during an emotional ceremony at Yankee Stadium. Earlier on the road trip, former Yankees closer and current Giants pitching coach Dave Righetti said players and coaches were excited about Rivera's big day.
"It's a big thrill for a lot of guys," Righetti said. "They're including us, too."
Righetti, hitting coaches Hensley Meulens and Joe Lefebvre and first base coach Roberto Kelly — all former Yankees — took the field during the ceremony to present Rivera with a watercolor painting of Rivera pitching at AT&T Park in 2007 and a customized guitar. The guitar is emblazoned with a Giants logo, an image of the Golden Gate Bridge and Rivera's No. 42, and was signed by Willie Mays. The Giants also made a donation of $4,200 to the Mariano Rivera foundation.
Led by veteran Javier Lopez, the Giants stepped onto the field early in the ceremony to applaud as Rivera walked in from center field with Metallica playing his entrance music, "Enter Sandman."
The band members gave Rivera an amp and the Yankees presented him with a crystal glove, a plaque and a custom rocking chair made of bats.
The ceremony started about 50 minutes before first pitch, with members of Jackie Robinson's family present as the Yankees retired the No. 42. Rivera was the last player in baseball to wear the number, which was retired by MLB in 1997, when Rivera was in his first full season as a closer. He entered Sunday's game with an MLB record 652 saves. During a post-ceremony speech, Rivera thanked his teammates, family, the Giants, Yankees fans and many more. The applause was interrupted by laughter when he thanked his parents.
"Thank you for having me," he said, smiling. "I guarantee it was a great day or great night, I don't know what it was. I bet it was a good night, they made a good one."