Metallica is at a loss for things to do since the retirement of Yankees relief pitcher Mariano Rivera. At least that's what ESPN is implying with its new "SportsCenter" ad.
The 30-second spot shows band members in the ESPN offices. James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich are trying to drum up a replacement for Rivera, who took the field to "Enter Sandman."
The clip ends with Kirk Hammett in the ESPN breakroom offering guitar lessons.
Ulrich tells Rolling Stone they enjoyed making the clip. He says "the whole thing had an overriding impulsivity to it," adding that "sometimes it can be quite freeing to put yourself at the mercy of others." The drummer also says they had a lot of confidence working with ESPN, because the network's commercials "have a tendency to be hilarious."
The Metallica "SportsCenter" ad begins running this week. Check it out below: