Minnesota Twins All-Star catcher Joe Mauer officially became the proud father of his own set of twins Wednesday morning.
Mauer and his wife, Maddie, officially welcomed their baby girls Emily and Maren into the world on early Wednesday morning, announced a tweet by Twins media relations director Dustin Morse.
The couple wed in December and wasn't expecting the twins' arrival until late August, but it turns out, the girls didn't want to miss any more of the 2013 season.
Mauer was scratched from the lineup shortly before Tuesday night's game against the Los Angeles Angels and rushed home to be with his wife. Sub Chris Herrmann wasn't expected to play Tuesday night, but saw his career-first grand slam that delivered the Twins to a 10-3 win in the 10th inning.
Mauer has been placed on baseball's paternity list. Catcher Drew Butera from Class AAA Rochester is set to replace him.
If you were hoping they'd name the babies Minnie and Paul, you're out of luck, but an outpour of support flooded Twitter as news broke.
The Minnesota Twins account perhaps said it best: Welcome to Twins Territory.
@Twins: Congrats to Joe and Maddie Mauer on the birth of their Twin girls Emily and Maren! #WelcomeToTwinsTerritory