Rays honor Rivera with real ‘Sandman’

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.

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 . . .

Now comes word

href="http://nesn.com/2013/08/report-metallica-speculated-to-perform-at-yankee-stadium-for-mariano-rivera-tribute/"

target="_blank">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 . . .

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: