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While “Metallica” played, Andy Pettitte, Rivera’s teammate on five World Series championships, began his warmups in right field.

“The focus, it was a grind, but I knew if I could get through the first inning. Once I got past that it was pretty good,” said Pettitte, who took a no-hitter in the sixth before being charged with two runs.

Pettitte announced Friday _ with Rivera’s encouragement _ that he was also retiring at the end of the season and, in a neat coincidence, his final regular-season start was to come on Rivera’s day.

Rivera has saved 72 of Pettitte’s 255 regular-season wins, the most for any tandem in major league history.

“I’ll miss (them) a lot. They’re brothers to me,” Derek Jeter said. “We’ve been through a lot, quite a bit together.”

At every stadium the Yankees visited this season, Rivera was presented gifts of appreciation. He was given checks to his foundation and everything from a surfboard from the Oakland Athletics to a rocking chair made of broken bats _ some caused by Rivera’s signature cutter _ from the Minnesota Twins.

The San Francisco Giants, led by pitching coach Dave Righetti _ the former Yankee that Rivera supplanted as the team’s career saves leader _ gave Rivera a pen and ink watercolor print of his appearance at their ballpark in 2007 and a guitar from “Metallica” member Kirk Hammett signed by Giants Hall of Famer Willie Mays.

“It’s a credit to not just his talent but who he is,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said of the adulation Rivera received from opponents. “He’s one of the greatest people in the game as far as how he handles himself, how humble he is, how well respected and revered he is by all the other clubs.”

Finally, it was Yankees turn.

Jennifer Swindal, a daughter of late Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, was accompanied by team president Randy Levine and chief operating officer Lonn Trost as she presented a $100,000 donation from the organization to the Mariano Rivera Foundation.

Jeter, the Yankees captain, and manager Joe Girardi _ one of Rivera’s first catchers _ carried out a rocking chair made of bats and stamped with the logo honoring Rivera that the Yankees are wearing on the side of their game caps for the remainder of the season.

“He was the greatest pitcher I ever caught, he was the easiest pitcher I ever caught,” Girardi said. “The numbers speak for themselves but the way he has gone about his business is something you wish everyone could do.”

The Steinbrenner family presented Rivera with a crystal glove holding a ball, and a framed replica of his retired number and the plaque that will have a permanent place in Monument Park.

Rivera, a son of a Panamanian fisherman, made his big league debut in 1995, starting 10 games, spoke for more than six minutes on a beautiful autumn afternoon, the time of year he excelled. He finished his speech eager to shift the spotlight off himself and back to his team.

“Let’s play ball,” Rivera said.