Twins honor Yankees' Rivera with broken bat rocking chair


The greatest closer in the history of Major League Baseball is Mariano Rivera. It's not debatable.

Rivera, 43, is playing in what he says is his 19th and final season -- and he's going out in style by greeting and thanking the people behind scenes of every stadium he visits.

In return, the Twins delivered the Yankee great with a gift before Tuesday's game at Target Field. They gave him a rocking chair made of broken bats, as well as a $10,000 donation to the Mariano Rivera Foundation.

Rivera was asked before the game about all the "pain" he's caused Twins fans over the years.

"I don't call it pain. It's a job that I have to do. I'm sorry if I do my job," Rivera said, according to the Pioneer Press. "There's been a lot of good games here, and good battles. ... I always make sure that when I come here to play, I have to be sharp."

Rivera ranks first in MLB history with 634 career saves.

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