As baseball star Miguel Cabrera nears the end of his prestigious career, teams across the MLB have celebrated the legendary Detroit Tigers hitter with thoughtful gifts throughout the season. The L.A. Dodgers honored him with a Hollywood star, and the Texas Rangers surprised him with a custom horse saddle. But when Cabrera arrived at the Oakland A’s stadium on Thursday, the final stop of his road trip, he was met with a more underwhelming retirement gift: a $90 bottle of Caymus.
Yes, on behalf of their entire organization, the Oakland A’s decided to celebrate Cabrera’s outstanding career with a bottle of wine you can find at a grocery store. Fans couldn’t help but notice that this gift tracks in accordance with the Oakland A’s reputation as being one of the most frugal teams in the MLB: the team spends less than any other team in the league on their roster, and has continuously put off renovations to their stadium. Beyond the stingy spending, the gift also seemed to have no personal meaning to the team or to Cabrera.