May 25, 2013; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Mariano Rivera (42) throws a pitch during the eleventh inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. New York Yankees defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Rays give New York Yankees Mariano Rivera a sand castle sculpture


New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera has been amassing quite the gift collection on what has essentially become a retirement tour for the all-time saves leader.

Some of the more popular gifts that Rivera has been given would be a chair made out of broken bats (a tribute to his bat breaking cutter), crafted by the Minnesota Twins or a low rider bike given to him by the San Diego Padres.

Unlike most teams though, what the Tampa Bay Rays presented Rivera with, he wasn’t able to take home.

Paying homage to the ‘beach’ life in Tampa (I guess) along with the whole ‘Sandman’ theme (being Metallica’s ‘Enter Sandman’ is Rivera’s well-known entrance song), the Rays made a pretty badass sand sculpture for the Yankees fireman.

Probably not the best gift Rivera has received but still creative.

Then again, after posting a 1.73 ERA and 0.98 WHIP in 101 career games against the Rays, I guess he should be happy he got anything.

Tags: Mariano Rivera New York Yankees Tampa Bay Rays