Blast From the Past, Saints To Give Away Millar-Murray Bobblehead, Celebrate 25th Anniversary With 1993 Team On June 24ST. PAUL, MN March 7, 2017
It was a magical first year for the St. Paul Saints when play began in the Northern League in 1993. Players with Major League experience, or who would go on to make a name for themselves in The Show, like Leon Durham, Rey Ordonez, Kevin Millar, Mike Mimbs, Frank Charles and Jim Eppard helped guide the franchise to its first Championship in year number one. With the franchise celebrating their Silver Anniversary this season, the Saints announce the first of a special set of bobbleheads along with honoring that memorable team all presented by CHS.
On Saturday, June 24 a special bobblehead will be given out to the first 1,500 fans that enter through the gates. The bobblehead is a re-enactment of an iconic photo from that first year with Saints owner Bill Murray and infielder, and future Major Leaguer, Kevin Millar sitting on a couch at Municipal Stadium (later changed to Midway Stadium). Millar has a glove on his left hand, dressed in his Saints uniform, with his right index finger pointing out something to Murray. Murray is sitting to Millar’s right and looking out into the distance wearing a cap and track suit. The pose was recreated last October, prior to Game 7 of the World Series in Cleveland. Millar currently works for the MLB Network and Murray is an avid Cubs fan. While the giveaway re-creates that exact pose both Murray and Millar’s head will bobble (no confirmation on whether their heads actually bobbled during the pose 25 years ago).
The giveaway is just one of five different 25th Anniversary bobbleheads that will be given away during the 2017 season. The remainder of the commemorative bobbleheads will be announced at a later date.
In addition to the giveaway the Saints will welcome back the 1993 team in a pre-game ceremony that will highlight a season long celebration of the 25th anniversary of the current franchise. A list of players attending the event will be announced at a laterdate. Players will be available for autographs on the concourse prior to the game from 5:30-6:30 p.m.
The Saints will don their special Pigs Eye uniforms for the game. The top of the uniform combines the colors from two different decades of Saints baseball. The body of the jersey is in the “Saints Blue,” which the team wore from 2003-14 at Midway Stadium. The jersey sleeves are highlighted by a black and white stripe combination reminiscent of the team’s uniforms from 1993-2002. Across the chest of the uniform will appear “PIGS EYE.” The Pig’s Eye lettering across the chest appears in a font inspired by the Lowertown arts community that is home to CHS Field and features a dot in the “P” representing the pig’s eye. The uniform numbers will be silver in celebration of the 25th season and will appear just below the “EYE” on the front left side of the jersey and on the back just below the nameplate.
The “Pig’s Eye” uniform will include white pants, with the same black and white stripe combination down the side of each leg which can be found on the trim of the jersey. The pants will be highlighted with a silver belt.
The cap will be Saints Blue with a silver brim and button. It will feature the Pig’s Eye logo, in which the body of the pig is formed by the letters “STP” and the eye is dotted in the “P.”
The 1993 Saints finished 19-16 in the first half of the season, 1.5 games out of first place. They would waltz to the second half title going 23-13, a full 5.0 games ahead of their next closest pursuer. The Saints finished with a league best 42-29 record and took out the first-half champion Rochester Aces in the Championship Series, three games to one to claim their first Championship in the teams inaugural season. Durham led the way on that team with 11 home runs and 59 RBI. Three players, who played at least 36 games, hit over .300. Jim Manfred, who spent three seasons in the New York Mets organization prior to joining the Saints in 1993, led the starters with a 2.06 ERA. Mimbs went 8-2 with a 3.20 ERA and 97 strikeouts in 98.1 innings pitched. Damon Pollard, who spent three seasons in the Royals organization prior to joining the Saints in 1993 and had his contract purchased by the Florida Marlins after his remarkable year, recorded 14 saves.
Durham came to the Saints with 10 years of Major League experience with the Cardinals, Cubs and Reds. Ordonez was a defector from Cuba who began his professional career with the Saints and had his contract purchased by the Mets. He would go on to play nine years in the Major Leagues with the Mets, Devil Rays and Cubs. Millar began his career with the Saints and had his contract purchased by the Florida Marlins in 1994. He would go on to a 12-year Major League career with the Marlins, Red Sox, Orioles and Blue Jays. Mimbs was released by the Dodgers organization before joining the Saints in 1993. He would have his contract purchased by the Expos in 1994 before going on to play three seasons for the Phillies in the Major Leagues. Charles spent two seasons in the minor leagues with the Giants organization before joining the Saints in 1993. His contract was purchased by the Rangers organization in 1994 and he finally reached the pinnacle in 2000, spending four games with the Astros. Eppard joined the Saints in 1993 with four seasons of Major League experience under his belt with the Angels and Blue Jays.
Saints tickets continue to be a tremendous value. Tickets begin at $5 for the Treasure Island berm seating (available only on day of game in person at the box office), $6 for bleacher seats, $14 for outfield reserved, $16 for the drink rail and $18 for infield reserved and home plate reserved. Friday Home Games with Post-Game Fireworks are an additional $2 per ticket. Post-Game Fireworks Supershows (May 28, July 2 and August 31) are an additional $3 per ticket. Tickets purchased on the day of the game are an additional $2 per ticket. Children under the age of 12 and seniors 65 and older receive $1 off the admission price. Children under 2 that don't require a seat are free.
Beginning March 18, Saints Box Office hours on non-game days are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. On game days, the Box Office will open at 9 a.m., Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. Saturday and 12:00 p.m. on Sunday and will remain open until 15 minutes following each game. Tickets are always available at saintsbaseball.com.
The Saints open the 2017 season on Thursday, May 18 with a 7:05 p.m. game against the Gary SouthShore Railcats. For more information contact the Saints at 651-644-6659 or visit saintsbaseball.com.