In his final season, Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera received farewell gifts from every MLB team to celebrate such an illustrious career. While some clubs put a lot of thought into their gifts, like a Hollywood Star from the Dodgers and a guitar from the Guardians, the final team to give Cabrera a gift appeared to disappoint.
In Cabrera’s road series vs. the Athletics, Oakland presented the slugger with a simple bottle of wine signed by the team. However, the bottle of wine itself was not that rare, as it was a Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley that cost just $90 on the market.
This is only the latest instance of the A’s spending less money than other teams, as they already have the lowest payroll in the league. As a result, fans criticized Oakland for once again choosing to not to spend more money, this time on Cabrera’s gift.
Note to self -- don’t participate in any secret Santa’s involving the Oakland Athletics https://t.co/8A8sDhOnbY— Miguel Cabrera’s Bat (Benson) (@Miggysbat) September 22, 2023
All the great gifts Miguel Cabrera has received from other teams on his farewell tour... the @Athletics gave him one bottle of wine.— Tike Narry (@eddiesofficials) September 22, 2023
Other fans noted that Cabrera spent a few months in rehab in 2010, so gifting him a bottle of wine is a strange move.
The Athletics gifted a $90 bottle of wine to a recovering alcoholic.. https://t.co/RWtj6smVts— nickytheeye (@NickMarroDFS) September 22, 2023
However, this move was so predictable that one Athletics fan even predicted earlier this week what Oakland would give Cabrera.
To be fair, the Astros also gave Cabrera a signed bottle of wine as part of their farewell gift, along with a cowboy hat, so Oakland isn’t alone in their decision.