Archive for July, 2009

Ask Joe

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

Our innaugural Ask Joe question comes from Trevor.

Trevor Asked:

I was just wondering what your favorite game to play was besides baseball.

I enjoy playing slow pitch softball, chess, soccer, and I have recently started playing Banana Grams.

Keep up the good work you have been doing this season!

Your biggest fan,

Trevor

Joe’s Response:

Trevor -

Growing up, my favorite sports to play were football and Wiffle Ball.  We used to play all the time in the backyard.  Baseball keeps me busy now but I love to do the USA Today puzzles.  I do them every morning.

Joe

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Hang with Joe and the Twins at Majors

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

The Minnesota Twins and the Twins Wives Organization and Majors Sports Cafe announced plans for this year’s “Hang with the Majors at Majors” event. The event is scheduled to take place on Thursday, July 30 from 5 to 9 p.m. at Majors’ Bloomington location.

The event provides an opportunity for fans to interact with Twins players when they purchase a private dinner, with proceeds benefiting the Minnesota Military Family Foundation. The Minnesota Military Family Foundation assists deployed military personnel and families during times of financial hardship.

The event will be hosted by the Twins Wives Organization and will feature current Twins players. Dinner will begin at 5 p.m. and last until approximately 6:30 p.m. Only 100 tickets will be sold and are currently on sale for $100 each. Tickets may be purchased at Majors in Bloomington (8301 Normandale Blvd, Bloomington, MN 55438) or by calling Major’s at 951-835-8308.

During the dinner event, the rest of Majors will remain open to the public from 5 to 9 p.m., with Twins players bartending. There will also be an autograph station, tip jars to collect additional donations, contests and the Twins Wives Organization will be selling Twins tank tops for fans to purchase and have signed.

Players and wives planning to participate in “Hang with the Majors at Majors” include Joe and Lisa Nathan, Michael and Claudia Cuddyer, Glen and Alisha Perkins, Kevin Slowey, Mike and Michelle Redmond, Nick and Natalie Punto, Brian and Sarah Buscher and Denard Span. Participants are subject to change.

New pics from 2009 All Star Game

Sunday, July 19th, 2009

Visit the Off the Field section of the JoeNathan.com photo gallery to see exclusive photos taken at the 2009 All Star Game reception.

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Gotcha with the slider

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

Check out the post-All Star Game interview with Joe Nathan at MLB.com.  Click HERE.

2009 All Star Game recap

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

Joe Nathan entered the 2009 All Star Game in the bottom of the 8th inning with the AL leading the NL 4-3.

JoeNate faced Atlanta Braves catcher Brian McCann to start the 8th and retired him on a foul pop-up to catcher Victor Martinez.

Ryan Zimmerman hit the first pitch he saw from Joe and flew out to right fielder Adam Jones for out number two.

After that, Nathan ran into a bit of trouble, walking Adrian Gonzalez and giving up a hit to Orlando Hudson that carommed off of former teammate Jason Bartlett’s glove, leaving runners at 1st and 3rd.  After Hudson stole 2nd, Nathan struck out pinch hitter Ryan Howard with a nasty pitch in the dirt.

Joe recorded a Hold once Yankees closer Mariano Rivera closed out the National League in the bottom of the 9th.

Players choice

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

Joe Nathan was named to his 4th career All Star team this year.  Making it extra special, was that Nathan was selected to the team by his peers - Major League Baseball players.  “The players, they probably know the game the best.  It’s exciting to see that we deserve to belong.  It’s a pretty good feeling to see my name on the list.  It’s a compliment.”

Expect to see Joe to pitch the 8th inning tonight for the AL squad.

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Delayed Delivery

Monday, July 13th, 2009

Joe Nathan was named the Delivery Man of the Month for June.  JoeNate was 11 for 11 in save opportunities and had a 0.00 ERA.

This was the third time Joe has been awarded the Delivery Man of the Month award.  The other times were both in July.  First in 2006 and again in 2008.

For full coverage, click HERE.

ESPN Rank’em - AL Cy Young

Monday, July 13th, 2009

Visit ESPN to pick your 2009 AL Mid-Season Cy Young Award Winner (not that there is such an award).  Joe Nathan is among the 10 players chosen by ESPN as possible winners.  Click HERE to rank them now!

All Star turnout

Sunday, July 12th, 2009

Hundreds of people showed up to meet Joe Nathan today at the AAA Headquarters in St. Louis Park.  The line started forming at 7am - 4 hours before Joe was scheduled to arrive!  Joe signed a ton of items for fans - jerseys, baseballs, bats, photos, cards, a life-sized cardboard cut-out and even a big pillow!

Click HERE to check out exclusive JoeNathan.com photos from the event.

Meet Joe this Saturday

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

Stop on by the AAA Headquarters this Saturday (July 11) to meet Joe Nathan.   Joe will be visiting with fans and signing autographs from 11am to noon.

The AAA Headquarters is located at 5400 Auto Club Way in St. Louis Park (off of 100 and Excelsior - behind the movie theater).

Joe and Joe (and Justin) heading to St. Louis

Sunday, July 5th, 2009

Joe Nathan was named to the 2009 American League All Star Team today.  Joe will be joined by teammates Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau in St. Louis.  Nathan will be making his fourth appearance in the Midsummer Classic.  Joe also played in the 2004, 2005, and 2008 games.

In his previous three appearances, Joe has thrown 3 innings, given up 1 earned run, and struck out three.

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