Postscript on Mauer and signs
Forgot about this in all the hubbub of yesterday’s game, but Gerald Laird said after the game that he did indeed go online and take a look at the video accusing Twins All-Star catcher and MVP candidate Joe Mauer stealing signs, just to see how legit it was after another reporter asked him about it.
“I looked at it,” Laird said. “It didn’t look like that big of a deal. We watched [Jason] Kubel’s at-bat that at-bat, and it didn’t look like he was really on that many pitches. It was just one of the things that was said, and we took a look at it.”
That doesn’t mean he doesn’t believe the Twins steal signs, of course. But he doesn’t think that was a video catching them in the act.
“It’s part of the game,” Laird said. “It happens everywhere.”