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The Twins give Mariano Rivera the absolute best gift yet

Jul 3, 2013, 12:55 AM EDT

The Twins got creative, and now Mariano Rivera has a unique piece for the den as he heads into retirement next year. Deemed “The Chair of Broken Dreams,” the rocker was made up of bats broken by Rivera’s cutter. Manager Ron Gardenhire came up with the idea, and he presented it to Rivera along with Twins elder statesman Justin Morneau and closer Glen Perkins at Target Field on Tuesday. source: Getty Images source:  Along with the chair, the Twins donated $10,000 to the Mariano Rivera Foundation.

  1. brockw82 - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:00 AM

    Absolutely great idea – kudos to the Twins, classy gift.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:09 AM

      LOL. Hopefully someone is knitting him a shawl.

    • fanofevilempire - Jul 3, 2013 at 7:11 AM

      cool gift and the donation was awesome.

      • Old Gator - Jul 3, 2013 at 11:08 AM

  2. allidoiswin55 - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:03 AM

    This is one of the classiest things I’ve seem in professional sports. I give major kudos to the twins for doing this, a true sign of respect from true gentlemen.

    Kudos to you twins.

  3. senioreditor2 - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:04 AM

    That’s a seriously nice thing the Twins did.

  4. mrklutch1011 - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:07 AM

    Possibly the Greatest Gift Of All Time

    • Old Gator - Jul 3, 2013 at 11:04 AM

      Nope. Doesn’t come close to the red Ford Mustang my dad gave me for my 17th birthday.To come even close to that car, that chair would have to get Mariano laid.

  5. Sideline Mob - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:17 AM

    The Twins don’t always win, but their organization seems to always do things the right way. What an original, thoughtful gesture.

  6. jrod2go - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:30 AM

    Game of Thrones?

  7. papalurchdxb - Jul 3, 2013 at 3:43 AM

    So who’s going to give him the shotgun to cradle in his lap as he rocks gently on his porch? please note, other stereotypes are available.

    • Old Gator - Jul 3, 2013 at 11:05 AM

      I just went through your catalog. No stalks of jimson weed?????

  8. sneschalmers - Jul 3, 2013 at 3:46 AM

    It’s like baseball’s Iron Throne.

  9. hittfamily - Jul 3, 2013 at 3:55 AM

    Cool: Yes
    Classy: Yes
    Appropriate: NO
    If I am a Twins fan, I am pissed off that we have been collecting bats broken by our opponent just in case one day we decide to make a piece of artwork to present to him. Rivera didn’t play the Twins last year. I count at least 11 broken bats used on that chair. 2006? 2007? When did they decide to start their collection?

    What do they present to Jeter when he retires? A gatorade collage made up of all his discarded gatorade cups he’s used in Target field and the Thunderdome since 2002?

    I can’t wait for Paul Konerko to be presented his “Pubic Hair and Bubblegum” sculpture of the Minneapolis skyline.

    • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Jul 3, 2013 at 7:13 AM

      I think they forgot about that last piece of broken bat that’s apparently lodged up your rectum.

    • kirbyslefteye - Jul 3, 2013 at 8:44 AM

      As a Twins fan, I’m ashamed you call yourself a Twins fan.

      • paperlions - Jul 3, 2013 at 10:06 AM

        Don’t worry, he’s not. He’s obviously an asshole, but not a Twins fan.

    • esracerx46 - Jul 3, 2013 at 9:11 AM

      Ok I feel compelled to straighten out a few of your assumptions. First, no where in the article did it say all the bats used were from Twins players. Second, all broken bats are sent to MLB for analysis to determine whether or not the bats were in spec as far as wood grain structure, to determine whether or not the manufacturer should be penalized monetarily. I find it far more plausible the Twins called MLB up and asked for some broken bats rather than have stored them in Gardenhire’s trunk for the last 5 years. Most of these comments are acknowledging the coolness and class of the gift and the Twins organization. Yet their are 7or 8 thumbs down. For those 7 or 8 people, you really should lighten up.

      • nbjays - Jul 3, 2013 at 9:24 AM

        Read the second paragraph here:

        http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20130702&content_id=52490792&vkey=news_nyy&c_id=nyy

        That says the bats WERE from Twins players.

        /shrugs

      • hittfamily - Jul 3, 2013 at 10:33 AM

        The bats were used Twins bats. What have the Orioles been collecting of Big Papi’s? What have the Diamondbacks been collecting of Todd Helton’s? How long have the Brewers been collecting Albert Pujol’s used batting gloves?

        The gesture is nice. The fact that they have bats that Mariano broke stored away just in case they ever want to do this would piss me off as a fan.

      • kopy - Jul 3, 2013 at 12:01 PM

        They’re broken Twins bats. Gardenhire said “some” were broken by Mo. But considering that some of the bats belonged to guys like Puckett and Gardenhire himself, and the logistical nightmare of tracking and keeping bats broken by a certain pitcher, I would bet most are just broken bats that belonged to prominent Twins players.

        And, as esracerx46 mentioned, MLB hangs onto broken bats for analysis. The Twins probably just asked them for Rivera vs. Twins bats.

    • American of African Descent - Jul 3, 2013 at 11:20 AM

      You realize that there is nothing saying that the broken bats were all from Twins games, right? And that it’s entirely possible that someone on the Twins could have been asked other teams to collect these beginning this year, right?

  10. Liam - Jul 3, 2013 at 5:50 AM

    The look on Rivera’s face is the best. I’ve seen the man win five World Series and I don’t think I’ve seen him smile like he did getting this chair. Great work by the Twins.

  11. indaburg - Jul 3, 2013 at 6:29 AM

    Who knew Gardenhire had the soul of a poet? What a brilliant idea. I love it. A classy, original one of a kind gift for a classy original one of a kind pitcher.

  12. blueballz77 - Jul 3, 2013 at 7:38 AM

    Real class Minnesota. Hats off you are now my second favorite team in baseball.

  13. nbjays - Jul 3, 2013 at 7:56 AM

    Rock on, Mo!

    • unclemosesgreen - Jul 3, 2013 at 8:12 AM

      Thanks bro

      • nbjays - Jul 3, 2013 at 9:24 AM

        Touche!

  14. kirbyslefteye - Jul 3, 2013 at 8:42 AM

    One of the bats is one of Kirby Puckett’s broken bats. <3

  15. randygnyc - Jul 3, 2013 at 8:52 AM

    I was at the game last night. Given the details of the chair, it can’t seem possible that these are bats Mariano is responsible for breaking. Gardenhire even remarked that one of his own bats was included in the chair.

    Mo was stunned, pleasantly so. By his gestures, I was sure he hadn’t any insight as to what the gift as going to be. Very creative(and classy) by the twins.

    I’ll also mention that when Mo was introduced during the pre game ceremony, the twins ran a video montage on their big screen. The fist few videos were of the twins defeating Mariano. The only clip they played of Mariano getting the save was of his historic 602nd.

  16. BigBeachBall - Jul 3, 2013 at 8:53 AM

    2nd best closer of all time….

    • Jeremy T - Jul 3, 2013 at 10:54 AM

      Seriously? Second to who? If the answer is anything other than “also Mariano Rivera, because he’s just that good”, you’re insane.

      • nbjays - Jul 3, 2013 at 11:31 AM

        or just a troll, which is more likely.

      • Jeremy T - Jul 3, 2013 at 11:59 AM

        Probably, but I am curious who it is that he thinks was better. The fact that I don’t automatically know kind of instantly puts a hole in any argument he might have, but I’d still like to know.

        Hoffman? Gagne, maybe, if we’re completely ignoring longevity? Eckersly? Tim Tebow?

  17. pizzano7416 - Jul 3, 2013 at 9:12 AM

    I don’t get why other MLB teams are giving him gifts??? Like they are saying “Thanks for killing us every year!!!”

    Just don’t get it

  18. spideysdog - Jul 3, 2013 at 9:27 AM

    it’s called respect. based on your comments, the fact that you “don’t get it”, is not so surprising.

    • stex52 - Jul 3, 2013 at 11:12 AM

      It’s one of the reasons to like baseball. We root for our own teams, but the real fans respect the great ones no matter what team they are on.

      Especially the ones who are clearly classy guys, too.

    • pizzano7416 - Jul 3, 2013 at 4:14 PM

      You see that’s where your wrong, Jeter and Rivera are 2 Yankees I think are class act hall of fame players…. They are 2 of the best, most classy players I have ever watched play… But you don’t see the NFL, NHL, or NBA give gifts like this to players that played against, and killed them for 20 years… I just think its way over kill and not needed..

      Please don’t say I don’t have respect for Rivera, he is one of the few Yankees I don’t hate and have a TON of respect for.

      • lanflfan - Jul 3, 2013 at 4:36 PM

        It happened in the NBA when Kareem Abdul-Jabbar retired in 1989. Every team that year recognized his career and many presented him with a gift when the Lakers came to town. If I recall correctly, one team gave him a rocking chair (but not made from broken bats).

  19. dluxxx - Jul 3, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    Classy gift for a classy guy.

  20. chill1184 - Jul 3, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    Very creative gift

  21. albertmn - Jul 3, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    As a Twins fan, I hate the Yankees and would love nothing more than seeing them go 0-162 for 3 or 4 years straight. And, most of their players are hateable due to their smirky, cocky attitudes. But, while I hated seeing Rivera come into a game, since he was nearly unbeatable, I find it impossible to hate Rivera himself. He has always come across as an ultimate professional that happened to be incredibly good at the role he filled. You rarely, if ever, hear him say anything in the media and he just quietly goes about his work. The gift was very original and along with the donation was a very classy move by the Twins.

  22. jrod2go - Jul 3, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    Mario Rivera is bar none the classiest guy in baseball. Always kind to everyone, took time for fans in every stadium, put smiles on many kids faces. If you don’t get why teams are treating Mo like this and giving him gifts its probably because the concepts of professional respect and personal adoration have completely blown by you bud.

    And I’m guessing when Jeter retires you might see similar treatment but every team will be giving him the gift bag. Boom.

    • hittfamily - Jul 3, 2013 at 10:59 AM

      Where does it end? Pettitte? Tex? Ichiro?
      Same things can be said of all of them. Possible hof’ers and all world class acts. That is just Yankees! That is why this “tour” is stupid.

      Will I have to suffer through the Ichiro, Big Papi, Pettitte, Jeter, A Rod, Dickey final year tour in the next 1-3 years? They all can claim to be the best ever at what they do, just like Mo. Mo is the best closer ever. Good. Ichiro is the best Asian player ever. Papi is the best DH ever. Pettitte is the best post season starter ever. Jeter is the captain of the winningest organization ever. A Rod is the best SS converted to 3b ever. Dickey is a top 3 knuckleballer ever.

      • American of African Descent - Jul 3, 2013 at 11:27 AM

        And you are the biggest wet blanket ever. I suggest that you alert team marketing every time you go to a game so that you can get some sort of recognition too.

        If you don’t understand the difference between what Rivera has done in his career and what he has meant to baseball on the one hand, and what R.A. Dickey (and I am a fan of his) has done in his career and what he has meant to baseball on the other hand, there is no hope for you. The parade of horribles you predict — and the slippery slope you fear — does not exist. Please tell me that you do not vote.

      • hittfamily - Jul 3, 2013 at 11:50 AM

        If Dickey puts up last years numbers for the next 3 years, I’d rather have his career than Rivera’s. Rivera made more money. He made more all star games. He will be remembered as something he is not. He is a good pitcher. He is not a great pitcher. Great pitchers start. Bad starters get turned into relievers. Mo is Wade Davis, if Wade Davis abandoned starting. Petitte is, and always has been better than Rivera. Rivera is like the 12th best Yankee since his career started. Clemens, Mussina, Petitte, Jeter, Posada, A Rod, Giambi, Bernie, Mattingly, Boggs, Damon….. Rivera is a 40 WAR player over a 20 year career. Do we have to celebrate the career of every 2 WAR per year player, orjustthe one’s who are Yankee’s?

        Kyle Farnesworth will be retiring soon. He is one of the best middle relievers ever. Let’s throw a party for him too. Right?

  23. wonkypenguin - Jul 3, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    This is a classic example of Stockholm Syndrome, albeit the most awesome, classy, and cool example ever.

    • stex52 - Jul 3, 2013 at 11:57 AM

      This ^ ^ ^ ^

      Well played.

  24. ndnut - Jul 3, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    Better yet is that Rivera met with Twins employees including the organist and the Twins’ team chef. They showed a little bit of it during the Twins’ telecast last night. Cool moments and class all around at Target Field.

  25. moogro - Jul 4, 2013 at 2:17 AM

    The seat has a whoopie cushion that makes cutter fart noises.

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