Trump introduces Mariano Rivera for Medal of Freedom ceremony with Metallica's 'Enter Sandman'
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As Mariano Rivera entered the ceremony where President TrumpDonald John TrumpPelosi arrives in Jordan with bipartisan congressional delegation Trump says his Doral resort will no longer host G-7 after backlash CNN's Anderson Cooper mocks WH press secretary over Fox News interview MORE on Monday awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” blared over the White House speakers.

The iconic Metallica song the record-breaking closer used as his walk-on music when he came on to close games throughout his baseball career played for more than a minute as Rivera and Trump took the stage.


Trump then introduced Rivera as “the sandman” and told a story of when he explained to first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpMelania Trump breaks ground on new White House tennis pavilion Overnight Health Care — Presented by Coalition Against Surprise Medical Billing — Buttigieg unveils aggressive plan to lower drug prices | Supreme Court abortion case poses major test for Trump picks | Trump takes heat from right over vaping crackdown Kroger to stop sales of e-cigarettes at stores MORE why the Yankees legend went by the nickname.

“Because he put the batter to sleep,” Trump said. "A lot of people don't know that, but the Yankee fans know that."

Trump during the ceremony praised Rivera as “maybe the greatest pitcher of all time” and offered a narrative of his early introduction to baseball while growing up in Panama as well as the closer’s career accomplishments.

Trump, a longtime Yankee fan, noted Rivera’s community work off the field as well, pointing out that he started a foundation to provide scholarships and school supplies for underprivileged children.

Rivera holds the regular season record for saves, with 652, and was a member of five World Series champion teams.