Before the game today, the Twins retired Joe Mauer’s number seven. Many of his former teammates were on hand, and there was a moving tribute video as well. In classic Mauer fashion, the weekend’s festivities were heavily tied into the Gillette Children’s Hospital. The whole thing culminated with Joe on the opposite end of a battery, throwing out the first pitch to his dad.
Watch the whole thing here, whether you missed it, or just want to cry some more, just settle in with a nice glass of milk and raise it up to Joe.
(Edit: Updated the video to the FSN broadcast. Thank you to leo3375 for finding it)
This was the eighth jersey retired by the Twins organization, with Mauer joining Harmon Killebrew (3,) Tony Oliva (6,) Tom Kelly (10,) Bert Blyleven (28,) Rod Carew (29,) and Kirby Puckett (34) in the exclusive club. Number 42 is also retired, as it is league-wide, in honor of Jackie Robinson. It’s a fitting tribute for the man who grew up, became a superstar, and retired in Minnesota. Godspeed Joe.
and someone please stop chopping those gosh-danged onions.