Mariano Rivera honored before MNF

October, 21, 2013
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Mariano RiveraAP Photo/Bill KostrounBaseball's all-time saves leader, Mariano Rivera, made an appearance at MetLife Stadium on Monday.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New York Giants are still hoping to save their season, and they turned to Major League Baseball's all-time saves leader Monday night to help them.

Mariano Rivera, the legendary closer of the New York Yankees who retired last month, was honored at MetLife Stadium prior to the start of the Giants' game against the Minnesota Vikings.

Shortly before the opening kickoff, after a Rivera highlight video aired on the stadium's giant television screens, Rivera jogged in from one of the end-zone tunnels out to midfield with his customary entrance music, Metallica's "Enter Sandman," playing over the loudspeakers.

Rivera wore an Eli Manning No. 10 jersey and participated in the opening coin toss. He didn't bring the Giants luck, however -- the Vikings won the toss, electing to defer.
Kieran Darcy is an ESPNNewYork.com staff writer. He joined ESPN in August 2000 after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, where he played four years of JV basketball.
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