MINNEAPOLIS (CBSNewYork/AP) — The Minnesota Twins have watched Mariano Rivera break a lot of their bats over the years. On Tuesday they presented the New York Yankees closer with a gift that captured Rivera’s dominance.
The Twins gave Rivera a rocking chair made in part from broken bats with the inscription, “Chair of Broken Dreams.” The presentation was made in a pregame ceremony honoring Rivera’s final season. Rivera plans to retire after this year.
“He’s kind of done it all the right way,” Gardenhire said. “When you talk about respect of the game, he’ll be right up there at the top. He’s a player you respect, and the way he’s gone about it. A classy individual.”
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said some of the bats used to build the chair were broken by Rivera himself.
“God bless that man,” said Minnesota general manager Terry Ryan. “He’s been a tremendous closer. But it’s not going to break my heart to see him go off into the sunset.”
Gardenhire told Rivera, “We call this the chair of broken dreams, and you broke most of them.”
Rivera smiled widely when he saw the chair and gave Gardenhire a hearty handshake to thank him.
“I was expecting someone to do something like that with broken bats, but that was, that was awesome,” Rivera said. “That was great. That was wonderful. Made me laugh a lot.”
And of course, Rivera came in later to record his 27th save of the season. The Yankees beat the Twins 7-3.
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