I've always felt the best gifts are those that promote a common interest between two entities. The Padres and Hoffman obviously have a connection to the ocean and well...
Game stunk!! I stunk!! Anyone know how to surf?— Chipper Jones (@RealCJ10) August 28, 2012
No matter says 'Duk:
In other news, Chipper cut through the Social Media crowd yesterday to embrace Harry "The Heckler". It was a touching moment to see what should be a pair of mortal enemies, a player and his heckler, embrace and say goodbye. I call this photo "Harry and Larry". Players bribe Harry not to heckle them, I wouldn't be surprised if Harry ended up with the surfboard somehow.
But I do have to credit the Friars for putting in the thought to present Jones with a retirement gift that's both unique among his growing collection of tributes and reflective of the city it came from. It's definitely the best of the crop so far, though the New York Mets do have more time to come up with something better than sticking Chipper with the unsold inventory of Shea Stadium seats.
When we walked off the field we saw the surfboard laying along the base of the wall under guard. We thought it was a remnant of the Klesko era. Later when it was presented we were like "Ahhhhh Haaa!" That's about as close as we came to any kind of connection to this story.