The second home series of the year was played from May 22nd through May 25th. The St. Paul Saints and Sioux Falls Canaries would each win a pair of games and split the series 2-2. The weekend would prove to one of the funnest we've have at Midway. We would end up tailgating before and after each game, seeing old friends, meeting new friends, and we were able to celebrate Steph's birthday at a game for the first time (Friday night). Wow, what a weekend! I'm tired.
The first game between the Saints and Canaries was played Thursday night and was an offensive explosion for both teams. The Saints would hold on to win 10-8 despite allowing five runs in innings seven, eight, and nine combined. Angelo Songco delivered the biggest hit of game with a two run home run in the seventh to give the Saints a lead they wouldn't relinquish. The promotion for the game was, Snuggle up with your main squeeze as we celebrate St. Paul being named America's Most Romantic City with a little Tinder Loving Care. Tinder, if you didn't know, is some sort of match making app (I refuse to even Google it to find out for sure, but that's what I heard). So the Saints decided they were going to have their own live version of Tinder, where a female contestant swiped the air with her hand to keep or reject suitors. The best part of the contest was when one of the rejected guys was chosen to be matched up with Mudonna. This included dinner on the visitors dugout prepared by Chef Sharte. My MVP for the game is, Angelo Songco (3-4 2R, 3RBI, 2 2B, HR).
Game number two was a Friday night slug fest, with not many runs to show for it. The Saints and Canaries each had ten hits in the game, but the final score ended at 3-1, with Sioux Falls coming out on top. The promotion for the game was, Wits with John Moe: Comedy, Conversation, Songs, and Surprises. Radio host on The Current, John Moe joined PA announcers Lee and Halsey on top of the dugout to provide color commentary for most of the game. Today also, as mentioned above, was my wife Stephanie's birthday. One of my favorite moments during the game was when Lee and Halsey both starred at Steph, and just said her name in their best cutesy voices over the PA system. It embarrassed the heck out of her, good job guys. We had a great time tailgating with Michelle, Pat, and many other friends before, during, and after the game. We also ended up at the Minnesota Music Cafe to listen to Boogie Wonderland (who are great) after tailgating. What a great night! My MVP for the game is, Evan Bigley (3-5, 2 2B).
Thank goodness Saturday's game was a 7:05pm start (Friday was late night, obviously). But we "took one for team" and showed up early to reserve our spots at the "10th Inning Stretch" where George and Ole joined Kevin, Bill, us and some of Kevin's friends at six. Also, next to us (sharing an island) was Michelle, Pat and some of their friends. The rather large group of people, and green onion brats kept George and Ole busy for the entire half hour they hung out with us. Once inside the game we were happy to see that in the seats directly behind ours was Steve Hamburger, and his daughter Michelle. We had also ran into them in the parking lot prior to the game. After an inning or two Steve decided he wanted to go hang out, and meet a friend, in the Beer Dabbler Bullpen. We said "You had us at beer", and began the remainder of the game in the Dabbler. It was a great night hanging out with Steve again, getting to know Michelle a little, and hearing that Mark is doing great, and will be finding out where he will start his season for the Twins soon. The night once again ended at the "10th" with more tailgating and fun with our friends. Oh, yeah, your probably wondering about the game? The Saints unfortunately couldn't overcome a few costly errors and lost the game 4-1. The promotion for the game was, SuperAmerica Salutes the Military. My MVP for the game is, Jeff Shields (7.1IP, 5H, 1ER, 5K).
The last game of the series was a late start, for a Sunday game, with the first pitch being thrown at 5:05pm. The reason for the late start was the Saints Memorial Day Celebration which included a ceremony for retiring St. Paul Police Officer, and twenty two year Saints Officer (this was his his last game), John Pika (We'll miss you John! Thanks for being so great to us!), kids running the bases, and getting autographs from the team, food trucks on the filed, and then fireworks. The players also joined in on all of the fun by winning the game 3-2, scoring the winning run on a error by the Canaries in the seventh inning. The promotion for the game was, Third Annual Monster Food Truck Rally with Fireworks Super Show! We once again tailgated with Michelle, Pat, Kevin, and Bill. We were also joined by Seigo Masubuchi, Sister Ros, and Gert the Flirt throughout the afternoon. After the game was finished we went with The Anchor Fish and Chips food truck. This was our second time having them, and they once again didn't disappoint. Following stuffing our faces with fish and chips the fireworks started. If you have never watched them from the field at Midway you are missing out. Great view, great show! My MVP for the game is, Willie Cabrera (3-4, R, RBI, 2B, HR).
We'll, that's a wrap on the second home stand of the year, as of May 26th the Saints record is 8-3. Good for first place in the North Division a half game ahead of Winnipeg. The team is on the road for the next eleven days before returning home on June 6th to play the Sioux City Explorers for a three game set. Remember to stop by and say hi, I hope to see you there!