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Quote of the Day: Mauer stayed for a reason

Apr 12, 2010, 9:45 PM EDT

After the Twins’ win over the Red Sox this afternoon Joe Mauer was asked by a Boston newspaper writer if he gave any thought to playing for a “big market” team before inking an eight-year, $184 million contract extension with the Twins last month.
His straightforward response made me smile: “I didn’t wanna go anywhere, that’s why I signed.”
Having Mauer in Minnesota through 2018 is pretty damn nice for Twins fans, but almost as nice is not having to hear about the Yankees and Red Sox lusting after him during his walk year.

  1. soxrocker23 - Apr 12, 2010 at 10:33 PM

    Well played, Mauer….maybe he can spring for a retractable roof for the new confines. It’s great for the game and nice to hear of someone not being a total mercenary and staying with the club he came up with. He hardly took a hometown discount though. Wonder if players like Hanley will follow suit?

  2. mo - Apr 12, 2010 at 11:32 PM

    what else is he going to say?

  3. Karl - Apr 13, 2010 at 12:25 AM

    A roof? Get it in your head people-there isn’t a roof on Target Field and there won’t ever be one.

  4. RobRob - Apr 13, 2010 at 9:43 AM

    Remember that ARod signed his $252M deal in Texas.

  5. TwinsFan - Apr 13, 2010 at 9:50 AM

    Thanks Karl. All these people are complaining about Target Field not having a roof, but most of these people aren’t ever going to go to a game at Target Field.
    It’s not like a retractable roofs are widespread in the league. There are only 4 other stadiums (I hardly count the Rogers Centre for whatever reason). Nice days at those stadiums suck because you’re left to deal with the behemoths of the roof standing there and can’t really enjoy the nice weather. Were these same people up in arms about Cleveland, Detroit, both new York stadiums, and all the other open-air stadiums in “cold-weather” climates? No! There’s an ill-founded perception that in the months of April, May, September and October its like the dead of winter in other states. I’d take a game in Minnesota over most of the games that are played in the sweltering heat of Texas or Atlanta. It doesn’t get much better weather wise than Minnesota anytime May through September (only considering the regular season for the sake of conversation)

  6. Army of Dad - Apr 13, 2010 at 10:11 AM

    Since I no longer live in MN I won’t get out to see many games at Target Field. However, not putting a retractable roof on the thing strikes me as incredibly dumb. I do not relish the idea that a trip back to my home state where I make a point of getting tickets and taking my Twins mad son will be tainted by a rainout or really crappy weather. Yes, July baseball outside in Minnesota is a thing of beauty, but October baseball (and isn’t that what we are all cheering for?)could be ugly. I seem to recall an AL Central team having to use the Brewer’s stadium a few years back because all of the early season snow.
    TwinsFan, you are right Rangers Ballpark is great building but it really sucks in August-though there usually aren’t any fans there that late in the season anyway. The Rangers are usually out of contention by then and the 100 degree days help make sure fans don’t make it out in droves to see the historically poor product on the field. That stadium is old enough that retractable roof technology was not in common use, Houston’s home park has a retractable roof and it makes the experience there quite nice.

  7. D-Luxxx - Apr 13, 2010 at 11:31 AM

    Did A-Rod have a no trade clause in his contract to ensure he’d stay with the Rangers through the remainder of his contract? Did A Rod grow up in Dallas? Was he drafted by his home town team? There are so many things wrong with that comment that it isn’t even funny. Let us say it one more time. Thou shall not covet the greatest catcher to play the game. He’ll stay in Minnesota for the rest of his life. Shapiro has been known to represent players who stay with one team for their careers (Puckett, Ripken, etc).

  8. Nora - Apr 14, 2010 at 12:21 AM

    Army, so every team should get a retractable roof because oh my gosh their might actually be weather outside? Mionnesota is not the only places a dealy or rainout could happen. Retractable roof are ugly and a waste when maybe 5 or a few more out of 81 games are canceled. When the weather is good, which it will be most of the time you will be happy.

  9. Greg - Apr 14, 2010 at 8:05 AM

    All I could think of when I saw the Twins in their home unis yesterday was “Hey, all those Yankees fans were right. Mauer DOES look good in pinstripes”!!

  10. myjah - Apr 16, 2010 at 9:32 AM

    OK “I don’t go to games but I still want a retractable roof” people–my family has had 81 game season tickets since 2002, and I am SO GLAD there is no retractable roof on Target Field. First, they are ugly. Second, a retractable roof would not fit on the tiny piece of land Target Field is on, the stadium would have had to been built somewhere else. Third, they are ugly. Fourth, a retractable roof would have blocked so much of the nice open views that make target field so great. Fifth, they are ugly. So from someone who ACTUALLY GOES to games–I am so happy we have a beautiful, open stadium with great views. I would take that over an ugly stadium with a view of nothing any day. I look forward to watching the Twins in bad weather. I’m Minnesotan. I own a jacket.

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