MINNEAPOLIS - Fall ball at Target Field, for the season finale fans bundled up and wore their Joe Mauer jerseys.

"With the potential of this being Joe's last game, wanted to make sure I got another chance to see him," said Dan Cunningham of Lakeville.

The same thing was on just about every fan's mind.

"The fans love him. They love the fact they saw someone local make it," said Dawn Ludwig of Chisago City.

A lot of fans identify with Joe because of his St. Paul roots.

"I kind of grew up with Joe. We're the same age. So it's been fun to watch him growing up," Cunningham said.

"A lot of respect for that guy. A hometown guy that stuck it out with his team," said Tim Stoffel of St. Paul.

The crowd stood for every at-bat and roared when Mauer hit a double in what might be his last time at the plate.

Before the game started, Joe's twin daughters ran out to first base and gave him a hug and a kiss, which a lot of fans here thought was a sign this would be his last game.

Perhaps the bigger clue, when Mauer walked out in the 9th inning wearing a catcher's mask, and played his old position for one pitch. Then another standing ovation.

Although the fans hope he'll be back, after 15 years, they are afraid this is it.

"Not only is he a great ball player but he's a great guy," Stoffel said.