Monday, March 22, 2010

When a catcher is the biggest story in the state

Few people think that the position of catcher is he most glamours position in baseball, but in Minnesota that is all that they care about. Yesterday the state of Minnesota celebrated when favorite son Joe Mauer agreed to sign a new eight year deal with the Twins. The story was such a big story that it appeared on the front page of four of the five major state newspapers.
Mauer is as such a part of Minnesota as the twins. Mauer played football, basketball, and baseball for Saint Paul's Cretin-Derham Hall Raiders. During his senior year he became the only athlete ever to be selected as the USA Today High School Player of the Year in two sports (football in 2000 as a quarterback and baseball in 2001 as a catcher. Mauer averaged more than 20 points a game as a point guard for Cretin-Derham Hall. He was also named to the All-State team during his final two years on Cretin-Derham's basketball team. In football Mauer was a such a good quarter back that Florida State decided that he was a future, but he spurred the Seminoles and head to play for the hometown Twins.
As a Twin he has been become the poster child for both the state and the baseball. Getting Mauer signed to a new deal was more important then getting a new ball park for the Twins.

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