The most creative retirement gift ever?

Yankees closer Mariano Rivera was expecting something to do with broken bats, but he was unprepared for what the Minnesota Twins offered him.

By Kim Peterson Jul 3, 2013 2:34PM
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Mariano Rivera #42 of the New York Yankees is presented with a rocking chair made out of broken bats by manager Ron Gardenhire #35, Justin Morneau #33 of the Minnesota Twins before the game on July 2, 2013 at Target Field in Minneapolis, MinnesotaNew York Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera has shattered plenty of bats. The Minnesota Twins held on to some and turned them into an unusual retirement gift: a rocking chair made out of broken bats.

Rivera basically has only one pitch, his signature cutter, but it's lethal. The throw starts off like a fastball, then veers off at the last minute, confounding batters, who can't get a good read on the toss. That final burst of movement has broken bats across the country.

Rivera is retiring at the end of the season and has been collecting gifts from teams as part of a nationwide farewell tour of sorts. The Twins' gift definitely stands out from the usual fare.

The custom-made chair was the idea of Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire, ESPN reports. Some of the splintered bats used in the project were used by Chuck Knoblauch, Kirby Puckett, Michael Cuddyer, Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau.

The rocking chair itself is a fun jab at Rivera's retirement. But one with two Twins logos and inscribed with the words "Chair of Broken Dreams"? Masterful.

"It was well-thought," Rivera told The New York Daily News. "It was good, different. I was expecting someone to do something with broken bats, but that was well-done. It was wonderful. It made me laugh a lot."

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Jul 3, 2013 3:57PM
Considering that Puckett died seven years ago, I'm very impressed that Gardenhire was able to get him to participate in this project.
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