The Twins showed a video tribute to Gardenhire before the game with highlights from his career. Several current and former Twins congratulated him in the video such as Tom Kelly, Joe Mauer, Joe Nathan, A.J. Pierzynski, Jesse Crain, Doug Mientkiewicz, Torii Hunter, Michael Cuddyer, Corey Koskie, Scott Ullger and Glen Perkins.
Gardenhire, with his wife, Carol, at his side, was then presented with a custom-made, hand-crafted humidor with 1,000 specially made Rocky Patel cigars. Perkins' father-in-law built the humidor, which was made to look like a locker and also had a team-autographed baseball and the ball from the final out of Saturday's game.
Gardenhire then took the microphone, and thanked the crowd for its support in his 13 years as Twins manager.
"I just want to say thank you to the Pohlad family, Dave [St. Peter], Terry [Ryan], Bill [Smith] and Jim Rantz -- a lot of people to thank, but mostly you fans," Gardenhire said. "You're the best. We're going to get this thing right. So stay with us."