Quintessential Mo-Ments No. 40: Some rockin' parting gifts
Of course, nothing compared to the sendoff the Yankees and their fans gave Mariano Rivera in September at Yankee Stadium, but as all good going-away parties come with a parting gift, Mo got quite a haul of farewell gifts from teams around the league in his final visit to each city.
The Tigers, for instance, gave Rivera a plaque containing jars of mound dirt from both Tiger Stadium and Comerica Park, the Indians gave him a replica gold record of "Enter Sandman" and the Rangers gave him some custom cowboy boots -- but perhaps the coolest piece of local flavor came in Minnesota, when the Twins presented the 43-year-old with a fitting place to rest his bones: a rocking chair made out of broken bats Mo had sawed off over the years.
Sure, all the tributes might have made getting through airport security a little harder, but they also showed just how much Rivera meant not only to the Yankees, but baseball in general.