With the LastTrain able to be seen in the distance the Saints began their second to last home series at Midway on August 15th. The three game set was played against the New Jersey Jackals and did not have a favorable end for the home team. Even though the Jackals swept the Saints on the field we once again found ourselves checking fun off our Midway bucket list and having a great time with friends.
The first game of the series saw both teams trade punches early leading to a 5-5 tie in the fifth inning. The pitching staffs then settled in until New Jersey scored two runs in the top of the eighth taking the lead for good and winning the game 7-5. The promotion for the game was, We'll try to prove "There's no place like home plate" as we celebrate the 75th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz. The evening was highlighted by all of the main characters from the Wizard of Oz being on hand to celebrate the anniversary and entertain fans. One of the best moments was Dorothy and Seigo Masubuchi doing a duet for karaoke with the real Japanese guy in between innings. Wow, Dorothy had a great voice. Also on hand for the night were the St. Paul Vulcans (in full uniform) who sang Take Me Out to the Ballgame during the seventh inning stretch. The game was then followed by the last Friday night fireworks show at Midway. In a homage to the olden days Bill, Steph, and I decided to have one last after fireworks tailgate to watch the line wait to leave the ballpark on a Friday night. Drinking beer and watching people waste gas for a half hour in line, yep it was still as much fun as the first time. My MVP for the game is, Angelo Songco (2-4, R, 2RBI, 2B).
Game two was almost a polar opposite to the first. Both teams starting pitchers allowed only one run through the first seven innings before the Jackals broke the game open in the eighth and ninth scoring five runs combined to win the game 6-1 over the Saints. The promotion for the game was, The Monkees wouldn't license their song so we made our own (with a little help from our friends). Take the Last Train to Midway Vinyl LP Giveaway. The first 1000 fans through the gates received a actual full sized LP with eight songs on it celebrating the Saints, Midway, and baseball. This was one of the giveaways I was looking forward to all year. Very cool. Prior to the game we attended the final 10th Inning Stretch with George and Ole at Midway. It was awesome talking baseball with them and getting to know them better before Saturday night games this year. Tonight also gave me another chance to cross an item off of my Midway bucket list. I was lucky enough to be able to drag the infield between innings to smooth the dirt out for the players. Oh yeah I forgot to mention I was in drag (a wig and a dress) get it, "drag" the field? It was really cool to be on the infield while the Saints players were warming up for the next inning, and to have fun with P.A. Announcer Halsey (he didn't know I was out there at first). My MVP for the game is, Jeff Shields (7.2IP, 3ER, 3K).
The Sunday afternoon series finale was the last day game ever for the Saints at Midway. Unfortunately for the local nine New Jersey jumped ahead early and never looked back, winning the game 8-2. The promotion for the game was, Commemorate our miserable winter and celebrate your survival with the Polar Vortex Snowglobe Giveaway presented by White Bear Mitsubishi and KSTC-TV, Channel 45. The first 1000 fans through the gates received a snow globe with Mudonna inside. Another really fun giveaway. Prior to today's game I had the opportunity to check another item off my Midway bucket list. After Steph was done taking picture's of our friend Michelle (Candy Lady), who had the chance to walk the line up card to home plate we stayed on the field for the National Anthem. I stood on the field during the National Anthem. To me this is one of the coolest bucket list items yet. My MVP for the game is, Willie Cabrera (3-4, R, 2RBI, HR).
And here it is, the last home stand ever at Midway Stadium for the Saints. The Wichita Wingnuts come to town for the three games starting Tuesday, August 26th. The midweek sendoff is sure to be full of fun and memories so come say hi, and goodbye to Midway.