Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Joe Mauer's Endorsements

We've taken a look at Joe Mauer's prolific acting career (oftentimes with the leading lady as his mom Theresa Mauer!), but let's examine a few of the products Joe Mauer has endorsed in the past.

Of course, we must start with good old Kemps dairy products.

I'm a huge milk, ice cream, cheese consumer and I love Kemps products so this is the best of both baseball and food worlds for me!  Joe Mauer and Kemps have been partnering since 2010 though it really feels longer.  I guess that's testament to how prominent the Kemps and Joe Mauer ads have been in the past couple years.  This endorsement makes sense to me as both Joe Mauer and Kemps have strong ties to St. Paul, Minnesota.  And when I pick up a box of ice cream sandwiches, I have the added pleasure of seeing my favorite Minnesota Twin on the box!  Bonus.

Other past endorsements included predictably sports oriented products (Nike and Gatorade) but the Head and Shoulders endorsement really threw me for a loop.  Joe Mauer does seem like a no-nonsense guy so he probably isn't dabbling in higher-end hair care products.  However, out of all the things he could promote, it's surprising Head and Shoulders made the final cut.  Oh well.  The commercials are entertaining.

Impersonating Troy Polamalu

Joe Mauer has earned a reported THIRTEEN MILLION from endorsement so I guess the guy knows what he's doing.  This led Bloomberg Businessweek to rank him as 19 out of 100 sports endorsing spokespeople.  Crazy. 

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

A rant about Joe Mauer's BMI

I was surprised to learn recently that Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer is a whopping SIX FOOT FIVE INCHES TALL!  What?!  I figured he was more in the upper 5, lower 6 foot range, but nope.  Six foot five.

Joe Mauer weighs in at 230 pounds, according to his Minnesota Twins official roster profile.  Since it's nearing bathing suit time and BMI online calculators are top hits right now (according to Google) let's compute what that Joe Mauer's BMI comes in at.

Here's the BMI calculator I'll use.

Ok...input data....and here we go.

Yep.  As suspected, the BMI calculator confirms what I suspected it would: Joe Mauer is apparently overweight with a BMI of 27.27.  (An overweight range is from 25-29.9.)

Joe Mauer's body double according to BMI calculations.

When will the nutrition/exercise/doctor/fitness group of America start adjusting the BMI to take into account lean muscle mass?!?!?!  With their measurements, nearly all the Minnesota Twins players are overweight...and let's not even get started on the Minnesota Vikings football team!

Friday, May 25, 2012

Minnesota Twins Home Game Tonight!

Roar!  The Detroit Tigers are coming to town tonight and for whatever reason, I am SO in the mood for a great Minnesota Twins baseball game tonight at Target Field.

This work week was long and Memorial Day I come!  I scored some great seats courtesy of a local ticket broker (I like doing my Minnesota Twins baseball ticket purchases close to home, don't you?!) and a few of my family and friends are heading out to Target Field.

GET ME OUT OF THIS OFFICE and get an icy beverage in my hand!  The workday cannot end soon enough!

Ok, that's all from here today.  Enjoy your Memorial Day weekend and hopefully it gets off to a great start with a Minnesota Twins WIN over the Detroit Tigers tonight at Target Field.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Songs that remind me of Joe Mauer and the Minnesota Twins

My workout playlist has seemed a little stale lately so I attempted another creative imagining experience and pretended I was picking songs for the Minnesota Twins workouts.  What a cool job that would be!  We've got a Minnesota Twins baseball team filled with guys in their 20s and 30s.  Athletic.  Using those details, here's a few of the songs I think the Minnesota Twins baseball players would thoroughly enjoy.

"Jump Around" House of Pain
"Sandman" Metallica
"Welcome to the Jungle" Guns n roses
"This is why I'm Hot" Mims
"6 Foot 7 Foot" Lil Wayne

I wonder if the Minnesota Twins players get irritated with each other's choice of music.  I'd like to hear that conversation...

This website has some cool ideas, pairing MLB players with a walk-up song. If I had to pick one for Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer, I'd go with "Thunderstruck" by AC/DC.  It gets the Target Field crowd PUMPED!  Either that or "Sexy and I Know It" by LMFAO for, well, self-explanatory reasons. :)

Monday, May 21, 2012

Mauers Baseball School

If you have a little ball player in your life, think about sending your kids to the Mauers' Baseball School.  Joe Mauer sightings have been reported at this fun training spot and according to their website (click here) the instructors include Joe Mauer's family members Billy Mauer, Jake Mauer III (brother), Jake Mauer II (dad), and Stephanie Mauer.

Billy and Stephanie take over pitching duties while the Jakes tackle shortstop training.

I can't find an online training schedule, but the phone number and contact information is clearly visible so it should be a cinch to call and sign up.  I'm seriously debating calling on behalf of my 11 year old nephew.  I mean, if I signed him up for a clinic, I'd have to drop him off, stay to watch training (aka stalk the field for any sign of Joe Mauer or other Minnesota Twins baseball players), and bring him back home, right?!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Joe Mauer's Wedding Plans

I've attended dozens of weddings, been in three, played piano at two, read a poem at another, and been the bride at one.  With that kind of tally, I've accumulated a pretty good idea of what a wedding can be like, and the thought of Joe Mauer's upcoming wedding to fiance Maddie Bisanz had me daydreaming about what a beautiful Minnesota wedding the couple could enjoy...especially because the budget must be pretty awesome to work with courtesy of Joe Mauer's big paychecks from the Minnesota Twins!

Since both Joe Mauer and Maddie Bisanz are Cretin-Derham Hall alums, it would be highly appropriate to celebrate their big day in a similar fashion--old school, classic St. Paul in the same neck of the woods as their alma mater.  What could be more stately than a reception in a gorgeous Summit Avenue mansion?  Of course, the guest list would have to be limited, which would probably be tricky when the Minnesota Twins establishment are all expecting invites!  Oh the stresses of planning for the big day when it involves a celebrity!

Perhaps a better sized venue would be the University Club (near where Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau once lived!) or somewhere in downtown St. Paul, like the Christos Union Depot.  I once attended a wedding there and was impressed with its historical aspects and beautiful architecture.

How could the couple incorporate Joe Mauer and Minnesota Twins baseball details into their wedding?  Perhaps the accent colors could be navy and a crisp white.  How pretty would that be?
Beautiful (and Minnesota Twins hue) blue!

Another easy way to honor Joe Mauer's baseball loving personality is to create a special groom's cake in a Minnesota Twins theme.  I love this one!

Let's hope Joe Mauer is a bit less reluctant than this sugary groom.

Just make the bride's hair Maddie Bisanz's shade of brunette, and you've got a the perfect personal wedding touch!  Can't wait to see the details of the real Joe Mauer wedding.  In the meantime, I'll keep dreaming...

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Joe Mauer's Online Presence

According to some recent surveys, 75% of Americans use their free time to go online in some fashion.  That seemed a little steep for me until I really thought about.  Between the Minnesota Twins official site, Facebook, and Youtube, I think my daily tally of (time-wasting) online hours comes in somewhere between 2 and 3.  Yikes.  But, hey, as a Joe Mauer and Minnesota Twins baseball fan, lots of that free time is poured into learning more about all things Minnesota baseball.  Here's a handy guide for you to get your online fix of Joe Mauer and the Minnesota Twins

Let's start with Joe Mauer on Pinterest.  Yes!  Pinterest!  Who knew?  But we have lots of Joe Mauer fans online and they've been busy pinning away.  I love it.  Here's a screen shot of a quick Pinterest search for Joe Mauer.

Joe Mauer is quite the photogenic athlete, don't you think?
Venture over to Youtube and you'll find tons of Joe Mauer clips.  I've already covered his commercials and acting skills, but there are a few other fun Youtube clips about Joe Mauer, including this fan tribute or Joe Mauer answering fan mail along with his mother, Theresa.

We've already covered Joe Mauer's Twitter on this blog, so I'll move on to an obvious couple picks: the official Minnesota Twins baseball site and a nice site dedicated to Joe Mauer.

I could spend hours perusing all of these online places about all things Joe Mauer and Minnesota Twins baseball.  What did we even do before the Internet?

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Joe Mauer's Fiance, Maddie Bisanz!

I'm sure many a heart was broken across the Midwest when Joe Mauer announced his engagement last December.  The lucky and envied recipient of a Joe Mauer proposal was his long-time friend and girlfriend, Maddie Bisanz.  

Cretin-Derham Hall graduate, Maddie Bisanz
Joe Mauer's fiance is a fellow Cretin-Derham Hall graduate.  According to sources, the couple were friends for many, many years before pursuing a romantic relationship.  And after about 18 months of dating, Joe Mauer popped the big question in December 2011.

Back in May 2011, Theresa Mauer talked to C.J., the local celebrity gossip hound.  Theresa let C.J. know that  Joe Mauer is focused mostly on baseball, but she hopes that one day he'll be happy.  A future Mrs. Joe Mauer would need to be self-sufficient, Theresa Mauer said, since the Minnesota Twins season will take Joe Mauer far from home for most of the year.  

Wedding details must be in the works for Joe Mauer and Maddie Bisanz, so I wish them happy planning for a wonderful day!

Friday, May 11, 2012

If you were Joe Mauer...where would you hang out?

Joe Mauer was born and raised in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota and was a huge Minnesota Twins baseball fan from his earliest days.  I know that means he probably enjoyed catching Minnesota Twins baseball games at the old Metrodome Stadium in Minneapolis.  But as an adult living in the St. Paul area, there is so much more to do and see.  Though I wish Joe Mauer would send me a list of his favorite haunts, I'm left to suppose.  So here's a few I think would be great places for Minnesota Twins baseball player Joe Mauer to hang out, whether with his fellow Minnesota Twins players or out with his fiance.

Grand Avenue in St. Paul
You can find just about every kind of food on Grand Avenue, along with tons of shopping and people watching spots.  I could see Joe Mauer comfortable grabbing a drink at Billy's on Grand or grabbing a slice of pizza at Punch Pizza.  Of course, Cafe Latte is the place to go for a big piece of chocolate cake, but I have a feeling that an item like that is not looked on too lovingly during the strict nutritional guidelines of the Minnesota Twins baseball season.

Eagle Street Grille in St. Paul
This would be a great winter hang-out for Joe Mauer to catch a burger and fries before supporting another Minnesota pro team--the Minnesota Wild right across the street at the Xcel Center.

Downtown Minneapolis
Endless supply of nightclubs, restaurants, concerts, and OF COURSE Target Field, home of the Minnesota Twins!

Lake Minnetonka
Hot summer days are perfect on the cities' most famous lake.  All Joe Mauer would need is fast boat, some cold beverages, and a few friends to spend an enjoyable day on the water.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

The Joe Mauer Quickswing

If you head over to the Joe Mauer Quickswing official site, you'll see the gadget that helped launched the Minnesota Twins hitter into superstardom.  It can do the same for you, yes?  :)

The product was created by Joe Mauer's dad, Jake Mauer II to help his three sons improve their swings.  It clearly worked for them!  The Mauer Quickswing is in use at several colleges and high schools, according to the website, and other baseball leagues have opted to purchase the product as well.

Baseball weaponry
Other softball and baseball aids are available to help youngsters sharpen their hitting skills on the field.  Pitching machines, training balls, and nets are just a few of the many products available on their site.  Joe Mauer's name is clearly the gold star standard for these products and it makes me wonder if other Minnesota Twins players created any contraptions to help improve their games over the years.  If Joe Mauer's family invented this little gadget, chances are other Minnesota Twins players have their own tricks up their sleeves.  And for $99.95, the Mauer Quickswing can be yours to practice hitting for the fences...maybe one day at Target Field!

Monday, May 7, 2012

Target Field grub...what would be Joe Mauer's favorite dish?

Oh my gosh.  It must be close to dinnertime because when I glance through the list of Target Field foods, my mouth starts watering and I would give my arm to dig into a tasty treat.  Gone are the days of boring hot dogs or peanuts at Minnesota Twins games.  The Target Field menu is as diverse as any restaurant in town!  Let's sample (and salivate over) a few items available this season.

*  Bacon sloppy joe served over rolls with cheese and onion
*  Powdered sugar, cinnamon, or cinnamon and sugar donuts served piping hot and fresh!
*  Buffalo chicken macaroni and cheese served with blue cheese breadcrumbs.  DELICIOUS!
*  A cheese stuffed monster meatball.  Yes, please.
*  Skin-on garlic fries

Up close and personal with a sloppy Joe.
Those are just a few of the many new taste sensations at the Minnesota Twins' Target Field.  Better yet, almost all of the new fare comes from local Minnesota restaurants, bakers, or producers, which adds our unique Midwestern touch to any food.  Clearly, the bacon sloppy JOE would be the pick for any true Joe Mauer fan, right?!

I'll plan on ordering it at my next Target Field extravaganza!

Friday, May 4, 2012

Joe Mauer's mom, Theresa Mauer

In honor of Mother's Day, here's a post dedicated to Theresa Mauer, Joe Mauer's mother and (probably) biggest fan.  

She acknowledges that being Joe Mauer's mom leads to a loss of her own identity as she is always seen in relation to him, but from all appearances and interviews, she couldn't be more proud of her famous son.

In a behind-the-scenes news clip taped while Theresa and Joe Mauer were shooting a Kemps commercial, it's clear the mother and son have a good relationship.  Joe Mauer teams up with his family on many projects, and it seems to be working out well for them all.

So now that Mother's Day is upon us, let's hope Joe Mauer (and Billy Mauer and Jake Mauer) pick Theresa up a special gift.  I think a pair of Minnesota Twins baseball tickets would be the perfect Mother's Day present, along with some Minnesota Twins souvenirs.  You can never have too much Minnesota Twins or Joe Mauer baseball gear, can you?!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Commercials featuring Joe Mauer

If I pause to reflect on the many commercials featuring Joe Mauer of the Minnesota Twins, the one that overshadows the rest is last year's Explore Minnesota clip where Joe Mauer sings the following, "Make sure to keep your glove near.  There is simply more to love here" at the 40 second mark.  Great lyrics from a hometown born and raised Minnesota Twin.  I'm not sure any of the people in that commercial had ever sung out loud before, but we like them all the more for it, right?

I enjoy this Head and Shoulders Joe Mauer commercial because, well, it's so true.
Joe Mauer, a natural athlete AND actor.
I know a couple girls who would've loved to be the extras in that scene!

Here's a Minnesota Twins baseball commercial featuring Joe Mauer and Ron Gardenhire.  Good ad campaign for the Minnesota Twins, I do declare.

And, of course, Joe Mauer's partnership with Kemps dairy products needs to make the list.  I know I'm biased, but I really do think Joe Mauer does a pretty good job saying his lines in a casual way.  Do you agree?

Well that concludes a partial tour of Minnesota Twins Joe Mauer commercials.  Another installment coming later!