Found July 03, 2013 on FatManWriting:
No one would have blamed New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera if he had retired last season when he went down with a season ending knee injury. He is a World Series winner several times over. He has certainly been paid well, and he is the career leader in saves. He had nothing left to prove, and while it sucks to retire because of an injury no one would have faulted him. So why return? Because of the swag of course! Keith Allison/Flickr This year is going to be the last season for Rivera, and as he makes the rounds throughout the league he has been collecting some nice parting gifts from his many opponents that will be happy not to have to face him anymore. Tuesday night prior to facing off with the Minnesota Twins he got what has to be one of the more creative ones--a rocking chair named the 'Chair of Broken Dreams' made up of bats shattered against Rivera. Photo via Twitter/@Sportscenter The Twins did admit that not every bat was broke by h...

Twins give Rivera chair of broken bats

Give the Minnesota Twins credit for being creative. New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera is on his farewell tour around Major League Baseball and the Twins just gave him the best gift so far. Before the teams matched up on Tuesday night, the Twins presented Rivera with a rocking chair made out of broken bats caused by Rivera’s pitches. The above picture shows the gift, dubbed...

Twins give Mariano Rivera outstanding retirement gift

Yankees closer Mariano Rivera will have made just shy of $170 million over his 19-year career when he hangs his spikes after this season.  As the season hits the turning point, he will be visiting parks for the last time in his career.  On Tuesday, the Twins presented Rivera with an incredibly thoughtful parting gift as he will not visit Target Field again. Rivera’s $170 million...

Twins crack wise with retiring Yankee Mariano Rivera

MINNEAPOLIS -- As Yankees closer Mariano Rivera has made his farewell tour this season before retiring at the end of the year, he's been given gifts by many teams. The Minnesota Twins may have had the most creative one yet. Before Tuesday's game at Target Field, the Twins presented the 43-year-old Rivera with a rocking chair. It wasn't an ordinary chair, though: it...

Twins retirement gift for Mariano Rivera a rocking chair made of broken bats

Legendary Yankees closer Mariano Rivera is continuing his farewell tour, and his latest stop was in Minnesota, where, before Tuesday night’s game at Target Field, the Twins presented Rivera with a truly exceptional, one-of-a-kind gift—a rocking chair made out of broken Twins’ bats, all of which were broken by Rivera’s famed cutter, called the “Chair of Broken Dreams”...

Twins grin, bear it and recognize accomplishments of Mariano Rivera

MINNEAPOLIS -- Over the last 17 years, Mariano Rivera has been a thorn in the Minnesota Twins' side. A lot of teams can relate when it comes to facing the New York Yankees' future Hall of Fame closer. Rivera owns Major League Baseball's record for the most saves of all time with 634 and has at least one save against every team but the Pittsburgh Pirates. Yet, for as...

Mariano Rivera Gets ‘Chair of Broken Dreams’ Made of Bats He Shattered From Minnesota Twins (Photos)

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...

Twins present Mariano Rivera with unique chair made of broken bats as farewell gift

You might say calling this gift from the Minnesota Twins to Mariano Rivera a Chair of Broken Dreams is based on past experiences against the pitcher. Before Tuesday game at Target Field, the Twins gave the legendary New York Yankees closer a custom-made rocking-chair composed entirely of broken bats — a clever homage to Rivera’s famous cutter pitch, which has broken more...

Twins give Rivera chair made from broken bats

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...

Twins Give Mariano Rivera A Broken Bat Rocking Chair & SportsCenter Sideboob!

Game over. The broken bat rocking chair given by the Twins to Mariano Rivera last night is easily the best gift he’…

Twins give Mariano Rivera Rocker made of Broken Bats

The whole stupid process of opposing teams giving retiring Mariano Rivera gifts continues. Last night it was the Minnesota Twins. And while the item is cool - a rocker made of broken bats - the... Full story at Bob's Blitz ~

Put This On: New Era Mariano Rivera Cap

Upkeep Tip your hat to this New York Yankee’s career.

Twins' Broken Dreams Continue Against The Yankees

The Yankees beat the Twins again last night, continuing their dominance over Minnesota which began after Ron Gardenhire was named manager. Unlike the previous game, there were no records set last night. They got a lead, the bullpen made it close and Mariano Rivera came in to close it out. Yankees win, theeeeeee Yankees win.Speaking of Ron Gardenhire, it was he who came up with the...

Dave Roberts Says ‘Special’ Feeling of Returning to Fenway Park Never Fades Away (Video)

It’s easy to forget that Dave Roberts played just 45 games in a Red Sox uniform. But in his brief time in Boston, Roberts etched himself in baseball lore with a play known simply as “The Steal.” That refers, of course, to Roberts’ ninth-inning steal of second base during Game 4 of the 2004 ALCS against the Yankees. Roberts would eventually score the game-tying run with Mariano...
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