Phil Miller @MillerStrib· 17m
Ron Gardenhire believes pressure to make All-Star team is to blame for Joe Mauer's subpar first half. "I've never seen him miss like that."
Rhett Bollinger @RhettBollinger· 17m
Gardenhire says he sees a difference in Mauer since coming back from injury. Said Mauer was pressing earlier to make the All-Star team.
Mike Berardino @MikeBerardino· 15m
Gardy revealed for first time today his theory on Joe Mauer's slow first half. He was feeling "a lot of pressure" to make All-Star Game.
Mike Berardino @MikeBerardino· 14m
Gardy said when he saw the relief on Glen Perkins' face at making hometown ASG, he realized what Mauer must have been feeling.
This certainly puts a different twist on Mauer's failures from the post-concussion syndrome that some of us have been assuming.
And if this is in fact the case, it really makes me wonder about Mauer's ability to lead this team in the post-season (of course, that ship has probably sailed anyway).