Metallica performed during yesterday’s baseball game between the San Francisco Giants and the New York Mets (May 24).

The metal legends returned to their homeland to sing the national anthem and witness singer James Hetfield pitch the first pitch. The band is performing the annual tradition for the ninth time.

Metallica stated in a statement via Consequence, “It’s a tradition that we’ve missed the last two seasons, so we’re incredibly happy for the return of Metallica Night at Oracle Park alongside our hometown baseball team, the San Francisco Giants.”

“We’ll take the field for the National Anthem, first pitch, plus a few other pre-game hijinks for the eighth time this year.”

It comes a month after Jack White performed the US national anthem before the Detroit Tigers’ baseball game versus the Chicago White Sox at Comerica Park in Detroit.

His fourth solo album, ‘Fear Of The Dawn,’ was released the same day as the performance.

During an on-stage statement in Brazil last week, Metallica frontman James Hetfield hailed his bandmates, adding that their support “means the world to me.”

“I’ve got to tell you, I wasn’t in the best of spirits before I came out here,” the frontman admitted. “I was feeling uneasy, like ‘I’m an old person who can’t play anymore.’ All of this nonsense I tell myself in my thoughts.”

“So, I talked to these guys, and they helped me: as simple as that,” he said, pointing to his bandmates. ‘Hey, if you’re having trouble on stage, we’ve got your back,’ they hugged me and said. And believe me when I say that it meant the world to me.”

Metallica announced Rye The Lightning this month, a whisky created by vibrating barrels with low hertz vibrations generated by the band’s songs.