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 several gifts from the Red Sox: a painting of him smiling during the ceremony before the 2005 opener, 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.
“Great ceremony. Great. Well done,” Rivera said after Boston’s 9-2 win. “Humbling. At the same time, I definitely appreciate what the Red Sox organization did "
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