MINNEAPOLIS -- There was no hiding the excitement in Joe Mauer's voice Tuesday as he talked about his new twin girls, Emily and Maren. The Minnesota Twins catcher was back at work after spending time with his daughters and his wife, Maddie.
No doubt, Mauer is one proud papa.
"It's just an unbelievable experience," Mauer said before Tuesday's game against Kansas City. "I can't even describe when I'm holding them, the feeling that I get."
Mauer got the call on Tuesday evening that Maddie was going into labor, just as the Twins were preparing to play the Angels in Anaheim. He was scratched from the lineup and scrambled to find a flight back to Minneapolis. Mauer credits Mike Herman, the Twins' director of team travel, for helping him in getting a plane in time.
After the long flight from Los Angeles, Mauer touched down in Minneapolis at 3 a.m. Wednesday morning. His mother, Teresa, drove him from the airport and they raced to the hospital.
Mauer arrived with just a few minutes to ...