Yankee fans who had withdrawal not hearing Metallica's "Enter Sandman" for most of last season will be happy to hear that the pitcher behind that entrance song is ready to go for 2013.

"I feel great," Mariano Rivera said Tuesday night.

Rivera, 43, was the guest of honor at radio host Ed Randall's "Fans 4 the Cure" cancer charity panel discussion.

Rivera's former teammates David Cone and John Flaherty, and Yankee pitching coach Larry Rothschild, were also on the dais at the School of Visual Arts Theatre in Manhattan.

Rivera, who tore his right ACL last season while shagging fly balls during batting practice in Kansas City after pitching in nine games, said it was "torture" not being able to help his team in the playoffs, where the Yankees were swept by Detroit in the ALCS.

"It was frustration. I felt powerless," Rivera said.

Rivera revealed a surprising motivator for the 2000 Subway Series against the Mets. He recalled how Mets outfielder Benny Agbayani had boasted that the Mets would win the Fall Classic in five games.

"It was ammunition for us," said Rivera. The Bombers won in five games for their 26th title.

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