MLB HoF Pitcher Mariano Rivera, ‘a Christian,’ Doesn’t Listen to Metallica: ‘I Listen to Christian Music’

By Michael Morris | January 28, 2019 | 11:52am EST
Unanimously-elected BBWAA Hall of Fame pitcher Mariano Rivera thanks God "for the blessing and opportunity to play" baseball "with so many great players." (left) And "the entire Metallica family" congratulates Rivera in a MLB Network interview with Rivera on his induction into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame, noting that it is "well-deserved." (right) (Screenshots)

In an interview with the MLB Network, the newly minted, first ever unanimous first-ballot Baseball Writers’ Association of America (BBWAA) hall of famer Mariano Rivera told reporters, “as a Christian,” he doesn’t listen to Metallica; “I listen to Christian music.”

“With all due respect to the guys, I’ve never been to one of them [Metallica concerts],” admitted Mariano Rivera. “As a Christian guys, as a Christian, as a Christian, I mean that—again, with all my respect, man, to Metallica and all the guys—I don’t listen to that kind of music. I listen to Christian music, and therefore, I won’t be able to pick that kind of song.”

Mariano Rivera’s remarks came in response to a reporter’s question concerning “how many Metallica concerts” the Hall of Famer had attended.

The New York Yankees closer, who famously walked up to the mound in Major League Baseball to the sound of Metallica’s “Enter Sandman,” was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown last week. He received a record 100 percent of the votes, beating out the previous vote record holder Ken Griffey, Jr., who received 99.3 percent of the votes.  The famed reliever Rivera said about his unanimous induction, “It’s a privilege to be here, and I thank God for the blessing and opportunity to play the game that I love with so many great players. I would like to thank the Baseball Writers’ Association for bringing me to the Hall of Fame.”

Later in the interview on the MLB Network, Rivera was surprised by “the entire Metallica family,” who congratulated the pitcher on the show for his induction, noting that “it’s well-deserved” and that they “look forward to watching [him] enter the Hall this summer.”

“That is amazing,” replied Mariano Rivera. “I’m telling you, it’s a blessing on top of blessings. You know, I mean, like I said, you know, I have so much respect for those guys. You know, I met them, and they are great people, you know, great, great people. And thank God that we are indeed with everything that they have done and being there for me at the moment that I retire. It was amazing.”

Rivera, back in 2012, also credited God with his famous “cutter” pitch, reporting, “‘No one [teach] me the cutter but God…It’s something that I can’t control, and that’s what I said—it was given to me from the Lord because no one [teach] me the cutter,’ said Rivera during an interview with ESPN on Sunday.”

According to Fox News, “Rivera set the career saves record with 652 in 19 seasons plus 42 more in the postseason. The Yankees didn't even wait until his final game to retire his No. 42 — he was the last player in the major leagues to wear that number, grandfathered when No. 42 was retired in honor of Jackie Robinson in 1997.”

On his career, Rivera played 1,115 games, posting a W-L record of 82-60 with a 2.21 ERA in 1,283.2 innings pitched, according to the Yankees website. Rivera recorded 1,173 Strikeouts, 286 Walks, and 46 Base on Balls, while posting a career WHIP of 1.00.

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