The San Diego Padres were the latest stop on Mariano Rivera’s farewell tour, and the Yankees closer received another gift to add to his ever-growing collection Friday night.
With Rivera already amassing a chair made out of broken bats, a plane dedicated in his honor and a custom surfboard, the Padres were faced with the tough task of living up to the impressive gifts The Sandman has already received (and after likely scrapping the surfboard idea once Oakland beat them to it). But San Diego had a secret weapon.
Prior to the series opener, former Padres closer Trevor Hoffman, whose career saves record of 601 Rivera broke in 2011, presented the 43-year-old with a customized Yankees beach cruiser bicycle on behalf of the entire Padres organization, so he could “live the San Diego lifestyle.”
The Padres also included four additional bikes for Rivera’s family.
The two greatest closers of all-time gathered at home plate before Rivera’s first and final trip to Petco Park. Check out a photo of the presentation below.