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The Non-Evil Twin

March 05, 2007
March 05, 2007

Table of Contents
March 5, 2007

SI Bonus Section: Golf Plus
From the Editor
SI Players: LIFE ON AND OFF THE FIELD
Hockey
Baseball
Pro Football
Cover Story
The Buckeyes

The Non-Evil Twin

Joe Mauer has the stats—and the scrapbook—of a heartland hero

TODAY
"I worked hard this off-season to get my legs and core in shape," says Mauer, 23, who after batting .347 last season, signed a four year, $33 million deal. "This is probably the best I've ever felt coming into a spring."

This is an article from the March 5, 2007 issue Original Layout

1989
As soon as I picked up a bat [at two], I didn't let go," says the St. Paul native (center, at six, between brothers Bill, left, and Jake) who once had a temper. "When I got mad, I used to growl at people."

2000
"One thing I miss about football," says Mauer, who quarterbacked St. Paul's Cretin-Derham Hall to a high school state title in 1999, "is when the band plays before a game and everyone is getting excited. I seriously considered football at the college level."

2001
"My agent said that being drafted Number 1 overall would change my life forever," says Mauer, shown here on the day the Twins selected him. "Things like privacy and you're always under the microscope. Everybody was wondering what kind of car I would get. I'm not a flashy guy. I got a Chevy truck."

2001
"After I got drafted [on June 5] I went to my high school for a press conference. Then I changed and went out and played in our section final game. I went 3 for 3 and went to bed. It was just go, go the whole day."

PHOTOVINCENT MUZIK (MAUER BROTHERS)PHOTOVINCENT MUZIK (DRAFT DAY)PHOTOVINCENT MUZIK (RAIDERS ACTION)PHOTODARREN CARROLL (TWINS ACTION)PHOTOTOM DAHLIN (FOOTBALL ACTION)