Every New York heavy metal fan is surely aware of Saturday night's XM radio concert at the Apollo Theater, open only to a couple of hundred lucky ticket winners. Metallica will also be appearing at the Walter Reade Theater on Monday evening for a Q&A and screening of their new 3D movie Through The Never. But a number of signs are pointing to some type of appearance at Yankee Stadium on Sunday afternoon as well.
Sunday's game (against Metallica's hometown San Francisco Giants) features an official pre-game ceremony honoring Mariano Rivera, the Yankees' longtime closer who is retiring after this season. For well over a decade Rivera has entered the 9th inning to Enter Sandman, and the song has become synonymous with his game-saving expertise. James Hetfield even called attention to the connection in promos for 2011's Big 4 concert at Yankee Stadium, and thanks to that show Metallica and the Yankees already have an existing relationship. (read my review of the Big 4 here.)
With Metallica already in town, whispers continue to circulate of Metallica playing Mariano onto the field live when he enters the game, assuming that Joe Girardi puts his closer in even if it's a non-save situation. One might also hope that as long as the band is set up at the stadium they would throw in a couple of extra songs after the game as well.
Tickets are currently available on Stubhub for as low as $50, although if official confirmation of Metallica's appearance leaks out prices may skyrocket. The ceremony starts at 12:15, and Metallica is equally likely to appear then as in the 9th inning so fans should be sure to arrive early.
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