Rays honor Rivera with real 'Sandman'

Tampa Bay Rays honor Yankees closer Mariano Rivera with a giant 'Sandman' and Metallica may honor him at ceremony.

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 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:

— Minnesota Twins (@Twins) July 2, 2013

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