The second half of the Saints last home stand began on Friday, July 11th against the Kansas City T-Bones. The local nine looked to keep their good vibe at Midway going and were able to do just that, winning the series two games to one. We once again had fun (I know, shocker) but really the fun never stops during a Saints season. This weekend included a night with no end, a look back into Saints history, and (my favorite) baseball cards.
The first game of the series once again saw late inning heroics from the Saints. Down 2-1 in the bottom of the ninth Henry Wrigley tied the game with a solo home run. Then in the bottom of the eleventh Angelo Songco came through with the game winning RBI single, giving the Saints a 3-2 walk off victory. The promotion for the game was, A Night of Unbelievable Fun: The Third Strike presented by Minnesota Atheists and Freedom from Religion Foundation. For the game the Saints players and coaches once again wore Mr. Paul, Aints jerseys. These jerseys were auctioned off during the game like all the rest have been in a silent auction. We really liked the jerseys so we decided it was our turn to get one again and bid. This time we won Sam Maus and Angelo Songco's autographed jerseys. (Yes, we got two, we each wanted our own. I told you we liked them.) A couple fun highlights were the return of the Atheist Race where contestants ran the race only to find out there is no finish line. And Voice contestant Kat Perkins singing the National Anthem, and a duet of Don't Stop Believing with Brian Kelly. We also happened to run into her in the parking lot when she was leaving the game, and of course had to get a selfie with her. Love it! My MVP for the game is Jeff Shields (8IP, 2ER, 2K), with honorable mention to Henry Wrigley (2-4, 2R, RBI, BB, 2B, HR), and Angelo Songco (3-5, GW RBI).
Saturday night's game was one to forget quickly for the home team. Down by a score of 10-1, Angelo Songco tried to spark another late inning rally with a three run home run in the eighth, but that was all the scoring the Saints could muster, losing 11-4 to the T-Bones. The promotion for the game was, A celebration of 2004's Northern League Championship - The Miracle at Midway - and the Miracle League presented by Accurate HomeCare. The Saints went down memory lane tonight back to the improbable comeback they made in the 2004 Championship game to win it all. We decided tonight was another Gulag night early in the game and ended up hanging out there until the final out was recorded. My MVP for the game is Angelo Songco (1-4, R, 3RBI, HR).
The last game of the series was a Sunday afternoon tilt played on a gorgeous day in St. Paul. The Saints fell behind early again to the T-Bones but this time were able to fight their way back into the game and eventually pull ahead for good after a three run seventh inning. They won the game by a score of 11-7 with the help of five doubles and a triple in the contest. The promotion for the game was, Faith and Family Day plus the Saints Team Card Set Giveaway. This promotion is one I look forward to every year. Partly because I still love baseball cards, and also because it is so easy to get them signed by players and coaches after a Sunday game. Another very cool giveaway at today's game was Last Train to Midway collector 4x6 cards that they put your picture on. This was a freebie sponsored by Gabe's, and U-Toons. These were not promoted at all (we found out about them from our friend Bill and one of the beer vendors), but they may be best giveaway we have ever gotten outside a Saints game. My MVP for the game is, Joey Becker (2-5, R, 3RBI, 2B).
Five wins in a six game home stand, not too shabby. The Saints next game at Midway is July 18th against the Laredo Lemurs (no typo, their name is the Lemurs), who they are fighting for the wild card with (if they don't come back to win the division, they are only 4.5 games behind Winnipeg). They play seven in a row at Midway during the next home stand so lets get out there and cheer on our Saints!