The New York Yankees honored closer Mariano Rivera, who is retiring at the end of the season, before Sunday's game against the San Francisco Giants.
The 50-minute ceremony included appearances by former teammates, the retiring of his No. 42 jersey and rock band Metallica performing "Enter Sandman," the song played when Rivera enters games.
"Thank you for 19 years of support," Rivera said to fans. It's been a great run and you guys have been amazing. ... You guys will have a part of my heart here in New York."
Rivera is Major League Baseball's all-time saves leader with 652 in a Hall of Fame career that has lasted 19 years.
"He was about as good a security blanket as a manager could ever have," former manager Joe Torre said.
Torre and former teammates Jorge Posada, Bernie Williams and Tino Martinez were among those who helped honor Rivera.
The Yankees played a five-minute video tribute that included shortstop Derek Jeter, catcher Posada, pitcher Andy Pettitte and other Yankees. Pettitte is also retiring at the end of the season and made his final regular-season Yankee Stadium start on Sunday.
Rivera is the last major-league player to wear No. 42 since it was retired in honor of Jackie Robinson, who broke the color barrier with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947.
Robinson's wife, Rachel, and daughter, Sharon, also attended Rivera's ceremony.
"It is a great honor for me to be the last baseball player to ever wear No. 42," Rivera said.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg declared Sept. 22, 2013, as "Mariano Rivera Day."
The Yankees play just three more regular-season games at Yankee Stadium and three on the road.
They entered Sunday three games behind the Cleveland Indians for the second wild-card spot.
Rivera has 44 saves this season and a 2.21 ERA.
He has an all-time high 42 postseason saves and is part of five World Series championships.
"The numbers speak for themselves," said manager Joe Girardi, who was Rivera's catcher from 1996-99. "But the way he's went about his business is something you wish that everyone could do. I would tell my son or my kids is this is an example of how you're supposed to go about your work."