7/1 - Jedi Master Joe Nathan

I'm sure Twins closer Joe Nathan had NO IDEA at all what he was expecting when he was sent from Minnesota to AAA Rochester on a rehab assignment. He didn't know that a Star Wars jersey was waiting for him in his locker in the clubhouse. I spoke to him and asked what he thought of the jerseys. He said that you just gotta love the minor leagues.

He really is a great guy to be around. Before and after each game when he was in Rochester, he'd spend about 20-30 minutes signing autographs and chatting with the fans and the front office staff. I'm grateful that I got an autographed baseball from him. 

And he has a world-class smile as well :-)