All season, Mariano Rivera has enjoyed his farewell tour.
But Friday night in Tampa Bay, the Rays honored the greatest closer of all time with a sculpture, just one more native to Florida.
Mariano like you've never seen him before -- to honor Mo, the Rays unveiled a sand sculpture at the Trop today. pic.twitter.com/Vn9iFqJTSD
-- Yankees PR Dept. (@YankeesPR) August 23, 2013 Rivera is known as 'The Sandman' – get it? We see what you did there, Tampa. Well played.
We're not sure if Mo doesn't like it, doesn't know how he will get it home, or is wondering "is that what I really look like?"
His signature song, 'Enter Sandman' by Metallica has played at Yankee Stadium throughout his career and this season was played at the All-Star Game at Citi Field . . .
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Now comes word through a report that Metallica , scheduled to play a few short Subway stops away from Yankee Stadium on Sept. 21, may make an appearance on Sept. 22 when the Yankees plan on honoring Rivera.
Either way, it has been a season of tributes for Rivera, including some of these gems . . .
Video: Dodgers honor Yankees' Rivera
In San Diego, Rivera got a special tribute . . .
But the one that probably takes the cake is this one from the Minnesota Twins. Rivera, known for his patented cutter, surely appreciated this:
#MNTwins honoring the career of retiring closer Mariano Rivera by presenting him with a "Chair of Broken Dreams." pic.twitter.com/XqQG7iIpxi
-- Minnesota Twins (@Twins) July 2, 2013