Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 7/12/13
Mariano River is set to retire from the Yankees at the end of the season, and the 43-year-old has been receiving farewell gifts from opposing teams throughout the year. From a rocking chair of broken bats from the Twins to a custom surfboard and local wine from the A’s, Rivera has been given a multitude of unique gifts. But it isn’t just opposing teams showing their respect for the future Hall of Famer. Delta Air Lines also decided to create its own tribute to the Yankees closer. Delta, the official airline of the New York Yankees, dedicated a 757 plane to Rivera during a ceremony at a hangar in New York’s Kennedy Airport on Friday. The plane features Rivera’s signature along with his N0. 42 in pinstripes. Rivera also threw a ceremonial “last pitch” to Yankees manager Joe Girardi, who was once Rivera’s catcher for the Yankees in the late 1990′s. Photo via Twitter/@darrenrovell

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