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(CBS Sports)   Mariano Rivera's farewell tour continues as the Twins gift him a rocking chair made of the bats he's broken   (cbssports.com) divider line 57
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2013-07-03 12:46:06 PM
That's fantastic. Who was the last player so universally loved and, when playing against him, feared, as Mariano Rivera? Man am I going to miss watching him play.
 
2013-07-03 01:53:13 PM
That is fantastic!
 
2013-07-03 01:56:04 PM
That's just awesome.
 
2013-07-03 01:59:12 PM
Class.  I like it.
 
2013-07-03 02:08:03 PM
Let me be the first to say that's fantastic.

/it really is
 
2013-07-03 02:10:37 PM
I'm going to miss my annual prediction that "Rivera really only has 5 or 6 good years left in him" (2003-2013)
 
2013-07-03 02:12:18 PM
Good job Twins!!! Very classy!!
 
2013-07-03 02:12:42 PM

nmrsnr: That's fantastic. Who was the last player so universally loved and, when playing against him, feared, as Mariano Rivera? Man am I going to miss watching him play.


I have never seen a player treated this way by every team in their final year.
 
2013-07-03 02:18:04 PM

ongbok: I have never seen a player treated this way by every team in their final year.


I can't think of anyone either. How did Jackie Robinson (the original 42) go out?
 
2013-07-03 02:19:58 PM

nmrsnr: ongbok: I have never seen a player treated this way by every team in their final year.

I can't think of anyone either. How did Jackie Robinson (the original 42) go out?


www.brandeo.com
 
2013-07-03 02:22:00 PM

ongbok: I have never seen a player treated this way by every team in their final year.


A lot of NBA teams did this kind of thing for Kareem when he retired; that's the only one I remember.
 
2013-07-03 02:24:08 PM

ongbok: nmrsnr: That's fantastic. Who was the last player so universally loved and, when playing against him, feared, as Mariano Rivera? Man am I going to miss watching him play.

I have never seen a player treated this way by every team in their final year.


Didn't Chipper get a gift from every team during his farewell tour last year?
 
2013-07-03 02:24:22 PM
It's like the Iron Throne, except, you know, wood.
 
2013-07-03 02:24:38 PM

BunkoSquad: ongbok: I have never seen a player treated this way by every team in their final year.

A lot of NBA teams did this kind of thing for Kareem when he retired; that's the only one I remember.


Dr. J
 
2013-07-03 02:26:09 PM
This is very cool.
 
2013-07-03 02:26:49 PM

ongbok: nmrsnr: That's fantastic. Who was the last player so universally loved and, when playing against him, feared, as Mariano Rivera? Man am I going to miss watching him play.

I have never seen a player treated this way by every team in their final year.


I seem to recall that Wayne Gretzky had something similar happen when he finally retired.
 
2013-07-03 02:36:09 PM
I would like to bid on his storage unit.
 
2013-07-03 02:37:42 PM
That is so f*cking cool.
 
2013-07-03 02:39:14 PM
really creative, excellent!

nmrsnr: That's fantastic. Who was the last player so universally loved and, when playing against him, feared, as Mariano Rivera? Man am I going to miss watching him play.


Kareem?
 
2013-07-03 02:41:18 PM

ongbok: nmrsnr: That's fantastic. Who was the last player so universally loved and, when playing against him, feared, as Mariano Rivera? Man am I going to miss watching him play.

I have never seen a player treated this way by every team in their final year.


Craig Biggio got a pretty nice farewell also, I think.  I know for certain that he received gifts during his last game at Miller Park.
 
2013-07-03 02:45:19 PM
In the words of my wife when I showed her, "OMFG, That is farking awesome as fark."

And there you have it.
 
2013-07-03 02:45:21 PM
Csb: Rivera warmed up the outfield in the 9th inning when they were here in Seattle. Didn't make a big deal about it, wore his jacket over his uni so you would have had to be paying attention to notice at all.

Class act all the way.
 
2013-07-03 02:49:21 PM

nmrsnr: ongbok: I have never seen a player treated this way by every team in their final year.

I can't think of anyone either. How did Jackie Robinson (the original 42) go out?


They didn't know it was his last year.  He got traded to the Giants and didn't report to Spring Training.
 
2013-07-03 02:57:20 PM

WarehouseMouse: ongbok: nmrsnr: That's fantastic. Who was the last player so universally loved and, when playing against him, feared, as Mariano Rivera? Man am I going to miss watching him play.

I have never seen a player treated this way by every team in their final year.

Craig Biggio got a pretty nice farewell also, I think.  I know for certain that he received gifts during his last game at Miller Park.


Cal Ripken, Jr. got some pretty big farewells as well. I went to a game during his last series at Tropicana Field and after the game there was a mass of fans packed 10 rows deep from the left field foul pole to the home plate side of the visitor's dugout trying to get autographs.
 
2013-07-03 02:57:47 PM

BunkoSquad: I'm going to miss my annual prediction that "Rivera really only has 5 or 6 good years left in him" (2003-2013)


why? he still does
 
2013-07-03 02:58:16 PM
I feel like I remember Cal Ripken having a big farewell tour.
 
2013-07-03 02:59:03 PM

studleystudstutterson: WarehouseMouse: ongbok: nmrsnr: That's fantastic. Who was the last player so universally loved and, when playing against him, feared, as Mariano Rivera? Man am I going to miss watching him play.

I have never seen a player treated this way by every team in their final year.

Craig Biggio got a pretty nice farewell also, I think.  I know for certain that he received gifts during his last game at Miller Park.

Cal Ripken, Jr. got some pretty big farewells as well. I went to a game during his last series at Tropicana Field and after the game there was a mass of fans packed 10 rows deep from the left field foul pole to the home plate side of the visitor's dugout trying to get autographs.


Dammit! I was just a bit outside on that one.
 
2013-07-03 03:01:00 PM

ongbok: nmrsnr: That's fantastic. Who was the last player so universally loved and, when playing against him, feared, as Mariano Rivera? Man am I going to miss watching him play.

I have never seen a player treated this way by every team in their final year.


Can you blame them? If i were an opposing team I would be ecstatic that the thought of never having to face him again.
 
2013-07-03 03:09:08 PM

Rex_Banner: ongbok: nmrsnr: That's fantastic. Who was the last player so universally loved and, when playing against him, feared, as Mariano Rivera? Man am I going to miss watching him play.

I have never seen a player treated this way by every team in their final year.

Didn't Chipper get a gift from every team during his farewell tour last year?


I'm not sure, he did get a complementary paternity test from every Hooters though.
 
2013-07-03 03:13:57 PM
I hate the NY Yankees. My father hates the NY Yankees. My grandfather hated the NY Yankees.

However, that's pretty damn cool.
 
2013-07-03 03:21:26 PM
Only a no-hitter could win out over this for best story in baseball this week.
 
2013-07-03 03:22:05 PM
I'm not a Yankees fan by any means (Let's go Angels!), but this makes me very happy.  What a fantastic gift for a guy who is classy through and through and who has been great for baseball.
 
2013-07-03 03:22:31 PM

nmrsnr: That's fantastic. Who was the last player so universally loved and, when playing against him, feared, as Mariano Rivera? Man am I going to miss watching him play.


downstairs: That is fantastic!


Super Chronic: Let me be the first to say that's fantastic.


Ooooh; so close. :)
 
2013-07-03 03:25:54 PM
Also, FTA: Big Ten country: Where all the best gift ideas are hatched (I'm an Indiana grad, so, yes, there's bias involved here).

Big Ten country: the only place where the writer of an article about Major League Baseball will use the fact that he went to a competing college to brag about the entire Midwest's gift-giving skills. Way to try to make the article about yourself, moron.
 
2013-07-03 03:29:00 PM
That's certainly a better gift than the blown save the Mets handed him.

/Mets fan
//Mo will be missed nonetheless
 
2013-07-03 03:35:44 PM

studleystudstutterson: WarehouseMouse: ongbok: nmrsnr: That's fantastic. Who was the last player so universally loved and, when playing against him, feared, as Mariano Rivera? Man am I going to miss watching him play.

I have never seen a player treated this way by every team in their final year.

Craig Biggio got a pretty nice farewell also, I think.  I know for certain that he received gifts during his last game at Miller Park.

Cal Ripken, Jr. got some pretty big farewells as well. I went to a game during his last series at Tropicana Field and after the game there was a mass of fans packed 10 rows deep from the left field foul pole to the home plate side of the visitor's dugout trying to get autographs.


Also Tony Gwinn.
 
2013-07-03 03:38:14 PM
This is a great gift. I wouldn't necessarily sit in a chair made of broken wood, but still.
 
2013-07-03 03:38:37 PM

skrame: nmrsnr: That's fantastic. Who was the last player so universally loved and, when playing against him, feared, as Mariano Rivera? Man am I going to miss watching him play.

downstairs: That is fantastic!

Super Chronic: Let me be the first to say that's fantastic.

Ooooh; so close. :)


thatsthejoke.jpg
 
2013-07-03 03:39:06 PM

nmrsnr: I can't think of anyone either. How did Jackie Robinson (the original 42) go out?


Traded to the Giants, and he promptly retired rather than play for the archrival.
 
2013-07-03 03:39:28 PM

Lifeless: nmrsnr: ongbok: I have never seen a player treated this way by every team in their final year.

I can't think of anyone either. How did Jackie Robinson (the original 42) go out?

They didn't know it was his last year.  He got traded to the Giants and didn't report to Spring Training.


Huh.  I'm a huge baseball fan and I never knew that.  Learn something every day, etc.
 
2013-07-03 03:40:11 PM

Super Chronic: skrame: nmrsnr: That's fantastic. Who was the last player so universally loved and, when playing against him, feared, as Mariano Rivera? Man am I going to miss watching him play.

downstairs: That is fantastic!

Super Chronic: Let me be the first to say that's fantastic.

Ooooh; so close. :)

thatsthejoke.jpg


Dammit!
 
2013-07-03 03:40:44 PM
i.imgur.com
 
2013-07-03 03:47:48 PM
i.imgur.com
 
2013-07-03 03:51:46 PM

Wise_Guy: [i.imgur.com image 850x56]


i see what u did there
 
2013-07-03 03:52:27 PM

Wise_Guy: [i.imgur.com image 850x56]


And you just had to go and ruin it.

/JK, that was funny
 
2013-07-03 04:05:16 PM
When you play the game of saves, you win or you die.
 
2013-07-03 04:22:10 PM
That's pretty damn cool, Twins, as is your slumpbusting abilities.  Thanks for both.
 
2013-07-03 04:27:36 PM

skrame: Also, FTA: Big Ten country: Where all the best gift ideas are hatched (I'm an Indiana grad, so, yes, there's bias involved here).

Big Ten country: the only place where the writer of an article about Major League Baseball will use the fact that he went to a competing college to brag about the entire Midwest's gift-giving skills. Way to try to make the article about yourself, moron.


I'm gonna out myself as a B1G guy but I get what he's saying. The B1G has some great football trophy games. Part of the realignment controversy was breaking up those rivalries. And the closest thing to this I remember is when Gene Keady retired and all the other coaches in the conference were giving him gifts and a farewell tour.

Also, IU sucks.
 
2013-07-03 04:34:27 PM

ongbok: nmrsnr: That's fantastic. Who was the last player so universally loved and, when playing against him, feared, as Mariano Rivera? Man am I going to miss watching him play.

I have never seen a player treated this way by every team in their final year.


Cal Ripken Jr. got a few nice send offs when he was retiring in 2001
 
2013-07-03 05:48:29 PM
Video of the only mortal moment Rivera's had against the Twins

Enjoy the Hall, Mariano.  You've earned it and then some.
 
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