September 16, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Twins first baseman Joe Mauer (7) during the game against the Chicago White Sox at Target Field. The White Sox defeated the Twins 9-2. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
Joe Mauer‘s recent wedding did, indeed, make a local media splash, as fans and well-wishers wanted details of the large, classy, and very private day. There were a few broken hearts in the Twin Cities; it was actually a bit pathetic to see the number of “my life is over” tweets that teary-eyed girls sent, but I trust that they’ve surprised themselves and have made it through the week successfully.
I do apologize that this post is a little late. What with Winter Meetings, trades involving fan favorite players, and Rule 5 draft picks, even important things like analysis of Hometown Hero nuptials had to be put on the back burner. (I trust you can read the sarcasm there. It’s just that, if I believed everything I see on Twitter, Twins fans have trouble with recognizing nuance.)
Interesting, completely speculative, and gossipy side note: I read several articles about the Mauer-Bisanz wedding, and none of them included Ron Gardenhire as a guest. Maybe he was there and not listed. Maybe he wanted to attend and couldn’t. But it seems interesting that he wasn’t mentioned in a single article.
What is a little less commonly known is that another wedding happened in the Twins family on the same day. Charley Walters wrote about both weddings in an article posted at twincities.com. Here were the Twins-related notable guests for each wedding, as mentioned by Walters in his article:
- Jesse Crain
- Brian Duensing
- J.J. Hardy
- Orlando Hudson
- Justin Morneau (in the wedding party)
- Glen Perkins
- Jim Pohlad (Twins owner)
- Mike Redmond
- Terry Ryan (Twins GM_
- Jim Thome
- Definitely NOT Michael Cuddyer, who confirmed his non-invitation last week on 1500 ESPN’s Reusse & Mackey show…another tacit confirmation of St. Cuddyer’s never-formalized-but-always-understood disdain for the catcher (Ok, I’m biased about how that played out. I do know Cuddyer’s a good dude.)
- Randy Bush
- Gary Gaetti (father of groom, Joe Gaetti)
- Dan Gladden (father of bride, Ashley Gladden)
- Kent Hrbek
- Tim Laudner
- Jack Morris
I had a REALLY tough time deciding which wedding I would choose, as there were many people worth meeting at both weddings. In the end, history and the “Glory Days” win out: I would have chosen the Gladden-Gaetti wedding, if given the invitation.
And besides, maybe there will be a Mauer-Morneau progeny wedding in about 25 or 30 years. That would be an invitation I’d accept.
Which wedding would you attend? Vote below: