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.
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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