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 TrumpRealClearPolitics reporter says Freedom Caucus shows how much GOP changed under Trump Jake Ellzey defeats Trump-backed candidate in Texas House runoff DOJ declines to back Mo Brooks's defense against Swalwell's Capitol riot lawsuit 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 TrumpOnly Trump can fix vaccine hesitancy among his supporters Trump discussed pardoning Ghislaine Maxwell: book Jill Biden appears on Vogue cover 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.