Former Yankees closer and recent Hall of Fame inductee Mariano Rivera was awarded the Presidential Medal of Free by President Donald Trump on Monday.
The award is the nation's highest civilian honor, which Rivera earns after becoming the first player ever unanimously elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame this year.
Rivera was presented the award during a ceremony at the White House, which also included a tribute to his walkout song, "Enter Sandman," as the President and pitcher entered the room while the song played.
"Mariano Rivera has made extraordinary contributions to American sports, culture and society," Trump said during the ceremony. "He is the most dominant relief pitcher in the history of baseball, and more than that, he has lived the American dream and shines as an example of American greatness for all to see."
Rivera played 19 seasons for the Yankees from 1995 to 2013. He's baseball's all-time leader in saves with 652 and 13-time All-Star. He won five World Series titles with the Yankees.
The 49-year-old pitcher grew up in a small village in Panama and became a U.S. Citizen in 2015.
Here's video of Rivera receiving the honor:
New York Yankees legend Mariano Rivera speaks ahead of receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom: "I'm proud to be an American. So, for that, thank God." https://t.co/JsAo4rT8TM pic.twitter.com/gHfC5SVvjA- ABC News (@ABC) September 16, 2019