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THE BACKYARD ROOKIE
Daniel G. Habib
March 29, 2004
In St. Paul native Joe Mauer, the top pick in the 2001 draft, the Twins have a sweet-swinging young catcher ready to call the shots
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March 29, 2004

The Backyard Rookie

In St. Paul native Joe Mauer, the top pick in the 2001 draft, the Twins have a sweet-swinging young catcher ready to call the shots

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That's only one of many tales about Joe Mauer's feats in St. Paul. But now it's just backstory. On Opening Day, against the Cleveland Indians at the Metrodome, in front of a thousand friends and family members, Joe Mauer is expected to catch and bat eighth for his hometown Twins. Two weeks later he'll turn 21. And then there'll be 150 more games for Jake and Teresa to watch him play this season.

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