The Boston Red Sox bade farewell to Mariano Rivera on Sunday night with an elaborate pregame ceremony that was part symphonic concert part tribute and part roast.

It started with the Boston Cello Quartet playing a string version of the closer's theme song "Enter Sandman" and included a lighthearted video montage of Rivera blowing a save in Game 4 of the 2004 AL Championship Series which led to the Red Sox winning their first world championship in 86 years.

It ended with the presentation of four meaningful gifts -- a painting of Rivera the green "42" placard used on the Fenway Park scoreboard whenever he pitches an original seat from the ballpark and a pitching rubber from the bullpen.

Plus the entire Red Sox team gathered on the infield to shake a beaming Rivera's hand as a congratulatory statement from Red Sox owner John Henry was read over the public-address system: "We tip our cap to the great Rivera a fierce competitor and a gentleman."

Boston slugger David Ortiz gave Rivera a hug.

"Great ceremony. Great. Well done" Rivera said after a 9-2 Yankees loss in which he did not pitch. "Humbling. At the same time I definitely appreciate what the Red Sox organization did. I will never forget that."

The ceremony lasted about 15 minutes and pushed back the start of the series and the regular-season finale between the Yankees and Red Sox to 8:13 p.m. ET.

As the Yankees batted in the ninth inning Rivera wrote a message on the bullpen wall that read: "Mariano Rivera. Last to wear #42. Thanks for everything."