Joe Mauer doubled in his final at bat on Sunday, then gave every indication his career with the Twins is over when he caught a single pitch in the ninth inning before exiting to the cheers of a tearful hometown crowd.
Minnesota Twins’ Joe Mauer, the subject of retirement talk, acknowledges a standing ovation as he donned catcher’s gear and caught for one pitch against a Chicago White Sox batter in the ninth inning of a baseball game Sunday in Minneapolis. Mauer began his career as a catcher before switching to first base. The Twins won 5-4. Jim Mone | AP
Mauer said he hadn’t opened the bag with his catching gear since 2013. But he said he found it at home, put it on, got emotional, and came up with the idea.
Long after the game ended, fans at Target Field stayed to watch Joe Mauer’s news conference on the video scoreboard. Bob Collins | MPR NewsMinnesota Twins’ Joe Mauer, the subject of retirement talk, is accompanied on the field Sunday by his twin daughters. Jim Mone | APMauer acknowledges a standing ovation before batting in the first inning of a Sunday’s game. Jim Mone | AP
There aren’t that many people sportswriters will applaud after a news conference.
Bob Collins was with Minnesota Public Radio from 1992-2019. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started several blogs, and every day lamented that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.