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Twins give Mariano Rivera a rocking chair made out of broken bats (video)

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(Photo by JERRY HOLT • Star Tribune)

New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera’s most recent stop on his farewell tour was Target Field for a four-game series against the Minnesota Twins. As he has done on all his visits to opposing team’s ballparks, Rivera, who is retiring at season’s end, spent time with some employees who generally toil anonymously behind the scenes and help an organization function and run without a hitch.

On Tuesday, Rivera met with 18 Twins employees but before the game, the Twins, as many teams have done and will continue to do throughout the balance of this season, gave the legendary closer a unique gift to thank him for his many years of playing the game with dignity and class.

With Justin Morneau and Glenn Perkins alongside him, Twins skipper Ron Gardenhire presented Rivera a rocking chair (he’s retiring, get it?) constructed out of bats of Twins players that were sawed-off by one of Rivera’s nasty pitches.

Via MLB.com:

Pretty sweet gift. The Twins also donated $10,000 to Rivera’s charity, making it a grand night for all involved, especially those Twins employees who enjoyed the opportunity of meeting a certifiable legend and one of MLB’s all-time great guys.