The Boston Cello Quartet played Rivera’s theme song, “Enter Sandman.” Then the Red Sox played highlights from one of the low points in Rivera’s career, his blown save in Game 4 of the 2004 AL Championship Series.
Rivera was called out to the diamond, where the entire Red Sox team waited for him. Boston slugger David Ortiz gave him a hug.
Rivera was given a drawing of him smiling during the ceremony before the 2005 opener. He also got a team-signed No. 42 that hung on the Green Monster scoreboard where the opposing pitcher is recognized and the pitching rubber from the visitor’s bullpen.
Rivera has said he will retire after this season, his 19th with the Yankees.
Source: Associated Press