Those smiles on the faces of the Minnesota Twins? Those are the smiles of ballplayers who know they’ll never have to face Mariano Rivera in the ninth inning again.
While Rivera has received a lot of creative gifts from opposing teams during his farewell tour through the big leagues, the Twins had perhaps the best one Tuesday night. Minnesota presented Rivera with what it called “the chair of broken dreams” — a rocking chair made of bats that Rivera shattered with his famous cut fastball.
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire, who had the idea, said some of the bats were actually broken by Rivera, while others were presumably made to look so to complete the chair.
Check out the awesome tribute in the photos below.
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