It isn’t every day that you hear a story about the personal lives of professional athletes that brings a smile to your face or actually contains good news; but in the case of Minnesota Twins’ catcher Joe Mauer, this story is almost too good to be true.
Mauer, of course, is a home town kid having grown up in St. Paul, MN, and has captivated Twins’ fans with his wholesome attitude/lifestyle and on-field production that ranks among the game’s greats in terms of statistics by a catcher.
While being named American League Most Valuable Player in 2009 may stand as the most memorable event that Mauer has had as part of the Twins’ organization, the latest news coming out of the Twin Cities may rival his MVP season, and it has nothing to do with baseball.
Mauer and his wife Maddie — who were married this past December — announced today that they are expecting twins.
You read it right, they are indeed having two children. This is the type of story that you just cannot make up, and it comes as perfect news for Minnesota’s favorite son Mauer, who has come under criticism — albeit undeserved — over the past few seasons as a ballplayer.
When it is all said and done, Mauer will go down as one of the greatest catchers to ever play this game, and will also go down as one of the greatest Twins to ever play in Minnesota. That said, having a story like this only adds to the legend that is Mauer. His sideburns, defense and compact swing are what most people will remember him for after his career is over, but this recent news could make the list of memorable events.
It also hopefully ensures that Mauer will finish his career as a Twins’ player and revive the franchise that he is the face of, and has grown up admiring his whole life.
The best part of this story will also center around all of the great names that the couple can go with when naming their children. I mean, think of all of the possible combinations: Tom and Kelly, Torii and Hunter, Jamey and Carroll, Shane and Mack, and the list can go on forever.
All in all, this is great news for the couple and it will be exciting to see the evolution of Mauer as a person off the field as he enters his first experience as a father. Hopefully, the age and wisdom he acquires from parenthood will spill over into his professional career as he enters the later stages of what is sure to be a Hall of Fame career.