With the 7th of August came the third to the last regular season home stand for the Saints at Midway. The opponent for four the game series was the Sioux City Explorers. Alas the end result was not a positive one for St. Paul, losing the series 3-1. Even with the outcome on the field the weekend was filled with fun at the ballpark. Friends from out of town, bobble heads, and tailgating made it another great stretch at Midway.
A noon start is not normally a good thing for a team with an eta back into St. Paul from Kansas City of 4:30am, but the Saints decided to buck the trend and pull out the win in the series opener. Starter Robert Cole along with relievers Mikey Mehlich and Dan Sattler turned in another solid pitching performance, and Keith Brachold and Joey Becker provided some more clutch hitting at home with back to back doubles in the sixth ninning. Final score 4-2. The promotion for the game was, YMCA Day. Being a weekday day game, the last ever at Midway, Steph was not able to attend. Three missed games in a season, I'm stating to worry about her dedication, haha. My day started by arriving in the Midway parking lot at 9:57am. Officially the earliest I have ever been at the ballpark. Another bucket list item checked off, a small one but still. I expected to tailgate with just our friends in town from Mexico Julie and Beto and their kids Emiliano and Luca, who were taking in their second game this year. But I was soon surprised and surrounded by more friends as Bruce, and Pat and Michelle showed up with a group of friends and we all partied together. We were also joined by Star Tribune sports writer, and ESPN1500 radio host, Patrick Reusse, who was there talking to fans, and manager George Tsamis for a column he wrote for the Sunday paper on the Saints. Bruce and I were quoted in the story, Reusse: Midway Stadium's days are numbered. I have to say I do love brats and chicken wings on the grill, but unless it's two for one's and I'm broke, I'm not drinking a PBR or Leinies. Fun day. My MVP for the game is, Willie Cabrera (3-3, R, RBI, BB, 2 2B).
Game two of the four game series didn't go as good as the first for the Saints. The Explorers won the game 6-2 as the home team was held to three hits in the game. The promotion for the game was, The fans designed 'em and the fans voted on 'em. Now the team wears 'em! Fan Vote Jersey Night. For the game the Saints players and coaches wore jerseys designed by fan Chad Jeske that were also auctioned off during the game in a silent auction. We decided not to bid this time as our jersey collection has grown at a much faster rate than we expected this year. We joined at the game by our good friend Mike who now lives in Baltimore. This was his first Saints game in years so we tailgated before the game, made a trip to the Beer Dabbler Bullpen, and even took in some of the fireworks from the parking lot. Fun night. My MVP for the game is, Jared McDonald (1-4, 2 RBI).
Saturday's game, much like Friday's did not turn out how St. Paul would have liked. The Explorers won 10-1 by scoring six runs in the ninth to seal it and holding the Saints to five hits in the game. The promotion for the game was, The game protested by squirrels around the world. Peanut Free Night presented by Midwest Ear, Nose, & Throat Specialists. A highlight of the night was a disgruntled squirrel mad because their were no nuts in the stadium grumbling to fans. Very funny. The evening started at the 10th Inning Stretch with friends and a visit from George and Ole. It is so much fun talking to them about baseball. My MVP for the game is, Angelo Songco (1-3, R, BB).
The last game of the home stand saw both teams trade punches early on and then the pitchers take over. Sixteen total runs were scored in the first four innings of the game, zero scored the rest of the way. Unfortunately for the Saints they only accounted for seven of the sixteen runs scored and lost the game 9-7. The promotion for the game was, Peanuts Day featuring the return of 2001's Charlie Brown Bobblehead Giveaway. The first 1000 fans through the gates received a really fun Charlie Brown bobblehead. We got ours, did you? A very cool moment from the game is one that not many fans knew about at the ballpark that day. Brain Kelly helped a family pay tribute and say goodbye to their Dad and Grandfather. He set up a hair salon outside of Midway's gates where the grandson got his haircut, just like he remembered from games with his Grandfather. It was a moving story, and just another way Brian Kelly and the Saints put the fans first. I love it. You're awesome Brian! My MVP for the game is, Henry Wrigley ( 2-4, R, 2 RBI).
Two. Only two regular season home series left at Midway for the Saints. Coming to town next are the New Jersey Jackals for a three game series starting Friday, August 15th. Lots of fun and really cool giveaways are in store. Don't miss out on the LastTrain at Midway!