The beginning of the Saints last seven game home stand was a wet one. What was supposed to be a four game series against the Lincoln Saltdogs turned into a three game in two day rain fest. Monday and Thursday's games were rained out, leading to Tuesday being a double header and the second rain out being moved to Lincoln when the Saints play there later in the year. Even though it was raining (a lot) the games were fun as always, and they provided one more wish checked off my Midway bucket list.
The first game of the series was rained out. But, we still showed up until it was officially called (have to keep the streak going, 16 for 16 at this point). The canceled promotion for the night was, 3 years later, we're still rolling! The Toilet Paper Drive presented by Innovative Office Solutions. Fun included having a beer, and watching P.A. Announcer Halsey dance in the rain on the trap. My MVP for the game is, the parking lot guy (he let us in for free tonight).
Monday's rain led to twice the fun on Tuesday as we got a midday Midway double header. The Saints won the first game 5-0 behind a great pitching performance from Anthony Claggett, and a big day at the plate from Evan Bigley. Game two was a closer affair but the Saints pulled it out 5-4 thanks to a clutch game winning hit in extra innings from Sam Maus (his first professional hit). The promotion for the day was, Midway Matinee. This was the first game of the season Steph missed (dang work getting in the way of baseball), so I was accompanied to the games by our friend Vicki. A couple highlights from the long, hot day, were tailgating before, during, and after both games with our seat neighbor Bruce and his friends, and with Pat and Michelle. Also seeing our friend Aaron, without his wheelchair, in the front row behind home plate for most of the second game. But, the best moment of the afternoon for me was when I was able to announce Willie Cabrera coming to bat during game two of the double header (see below for the audio, oh heck yeah I recorded it!). This was one of the wishes on my Midway bucket list for this year. Thanks Lee "take off your cape" for making it happen! My MVP for game one is, Anthony Claggett (CG, 0ER, 4H, 7K), with honorable mention to Evan Bigley (3-3, 2R, 2RBI, 2B, SB). My MVP for game two is, Sam Maus (1-1, RBI, game winning hit, first professional hit).
Game three saw Sam Maus pick up where he left off Tuesday afternoon, going 2-3 with 2 runs scored. But the Saints couldn't pull out the victory, losing 5-4. The promotion for the game was, Go ahead and use a symbol for your name as we celebrate Prince and bring back 2008's Purple Game. The Saints wore purple jerseys with symbols (i.e. @ ^ $) for numbers. These jerseys, like most of the special ones, were auctioned off in a silent auction during the game. We once again decided to bid on a jersey, and this time won Angelo Songco's signed @) jersey. Highlight's from the night were Brian Kelly dressed in a full Prince outfit, with purple hair, doing his normal job of running and announcing most of the contests. Also, Prince keyboardist Dr. Fink, and The Time keyboardist St. Paul Peterson were in attendance playing songs from Purple Rain and other hits with Saints Music Director Andrew Crowley. My Co-MVP's for the game are, Sam Maus (2-3, 2R, 2B, BB), and Devin Thaut (3-5, R, RBI).
The final game of the series was rained out and moved to Lincoln later in the year due to the Saltdogs not returning to St. Paul this season. We still showed up until it was officially called (up to 20 for 20 after this game, I count it as a game attended if my ticket gets scanned at the gate, rain out or not). The canceled promotion for the night was, Do the Dollar Dance! TopLine Federal Credit Union gives the first 1,935 fans $1 and you choose how to donate it! Too bad both of the rain outs this series canceled promotions benefiting charities, hopefully they will be able to still happen later in the season. Highlights from the night include listening to Lee and Halsey having fun talking to fans over the P.A. system, wet shoes, and tailgating with First Command Financial and TRUST VETS who showed up with over 100 people, a majority of whom were Veterans there to enjoy the game. My MVP is Andrew Crowley for his rain delay musical choices (you can stand under my umbrella anytime Andy).
The remainder of the Saints long home stand was started the following day against the Rockland Boulders. Please check back soon for my next blog on the series.