The master

At his peak, Joe Mauer is ignoring his critics and enjoying these sweet years

Originally Published: September 20, 2012
By Tim Keown | ESPN The Magazine

AUG. 13, 12:53 p.m., Target Field, Minneapolis.

Game 115 of the 2012 season, Tigers vs. Twins, is meaningless in the grand scheme, one game out of 162, one game in a lifetime of them for Twins catcher Joe Mauer. He will prepare for this one the way he has prepared for every one of the previous 114: intent on making sure his 6'5", 230-pound body forgets what happened in 2011.

He arrives at the ballpark in his 1969 Chevelle and dresses in a home jersey, ...

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