Left Hand Red, Right Hand Green: Largest Game of Twister Highlights Saints 2017 PromotionsST. PAUL, MN March 16, 2017
Pigs and baseball had zero correlation with each other until the St. Paul Saints decided to mix the two. Same with massaging nuns, haircuts, pillow fights and mimes. The Saints may have topped all that with the craziest idea yet. The 2017 Saints promotions schedule will include bobblehead giveaways. It will honor the 25-year history of the organization. It will even pay tribute to St. Paul and the state of Minnesota, but a simple game fans played when they were younger will have everyone talking as the 2017 Silver Anniversary promotion schedule is unveiled.
On Tuesday, August 22nd the Saints will attempt to do something so outrageous it’s making their head groundskeeper, Nick Baker, wrought with fear. CHS Field will turn into the largest Twister board ever as fans will have the opportunity to partake in the World’s Largest Game of Twister following the evenings Saints-Wichita Wingnuts game. Following the game on Monday, August 21, Baker, his crew and the Saints staff will create the board from foul line to foul line on the outfield grass, beginning at the end of the dirt of the infield and going all the way to the warning track. The board will be a total of 76,475 square feet, consist of 70,896 colored squares which will be 7 inches in diameter, the exact size they appear on the game board. In all there will be 17,724 of each colored circle. The game on the 22nd will be played on the Twister board and then, following that evening’s 7:05 p.m. contest, all fans in attendance, along with Saints players, will come down onto the field to partake in the World’s Largest Game of Twister.
While the game of Twister, presented by Twin Cities Orthopedics, will have fans tied up in knots the schedule is ripe with fan favorites and new promotions sure to get people talking.
Sunday, May 21 5:05 p.m. – Dog Day presented by Chuck & Don’s
Whether you have a greyhound, Australian Cattle Dog or a Borzoi, bring them along to the game on May 21. This is a chance for owner and dog alike to take in a ballgame, interact with other friendly canines and howl and bark the Saints on to victory. This annual promotion has become a fan favorite with contests like: best dressed dog, most interesting dog trick and which dog looks most like their owner. It’s a special buy one get one free offer as the owner needs to pay for a ticket, but the dog gets in free. Make sure the dog is on a leash or the dog has you on a leash.
Friday, June 23 7:05 p.m., Twin Cities Pride Night
The kickoff to Twin Cities Pride begins at CHS Field on Friday, June 23. An entire weekend of festivals, family fun and entertainment capped off by two parades in Loring Park and at 3rd St. and Hennepin, on June 24 and 25, starts at CHS Field. The Saints will don special rainbow jersey’s for the game and will auction them off during the night with proceeds going to Twin Cities Pride.
Thursday, June 29 7:05 p.m. & Saturday, August 19 7:05 p.m., Valleyfair True North Nights
We couldn’t honor the great state of Minnesota with just one night, so we’re spreading the wealth over two. Think of this as the long Minnesota goodbye. Whether it’s the State Fair, heading to the cabin, eating lutefisk or just the way we talk, dontcha know, we’ll pay tribute, or poke fun at it (in a Minnesota Nice way of course) on June 29 and August 19.
Saturday, July 1 7:05 p.m., Gatsby Night
Summit Avenue in St. Paul has a number of beautiful row homes, but the F. Scott Fitzgerald home might be the crème de la crème of them all. Fitzgerald, who was born in St. Paul and then moved back when he was 8, uses the area in many of his novels, including The Great Gatsby. The Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul produces a Gatsby Newsletter and this year people from all over the world will convene in St. Paul for a four day Gatsby conference. On July 1 they will converge on CHS Field, dressed clad in their flappers or all white tuxedos for a throwback to nearly a century ago. The guests will show up in droves and we’ll provide the Gatsby-like party.
Friday, July 14 7:05 p.m., East Coast vs. West Coast Hip Hop Debate
Who better to settle the east coast/west coast hip hop debate than a minor league baseball team stuck right in the middle. On this night you’re gonna wanna call us Big (or is it Pig) Poppa because Sky’s The Limit with the hip hop debate. We’ll show love to the east coast, but How Do You Want It when we Show California Love because Dear Momma we’re about to go Old School. Are you team Biggie or team Tupac?
Sunday, July 23 5:05 p.m., Jersey Giveaway presented by Regions
During this Silver Anniversary season the Saints will wear special jerseys on select nights, but on only one night will fans get to go home with replica uniforms. The first 1,500 fans through the gates on July 23 will get the special Pigs Eye jersey top. 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” representing the historical connection between St. Paul and one of the first settlers to live within the borders of what would eventually become Minnesota’s capitol city, Pierre “Pig’s Eye” Parrant. Before being renamed St. Paul, the area was known as Pig’s Eye Landing for the tavern opened by Parrant in the early 1800s. 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.
Sunday, August 20 5:05 p.m., Roy Campanella Print
Each year the Saints celebrate Larry Doby, the first African American in the American League. We will honor another African American who broke the color barrier, this time in the American Association. Roy Campanella became the first African American to play in the American Association in 1948 when he was assigned to the St. Paul Saints by the Brooklyn Dodgers. The first 1,500 fans in attendance will receive a special Roy Campanella print. Campanella destroyed American Association pitching hitting .325 with 13 homers and 39 RBI in just 35 games.
Along with these great promotions the Saints will once again offer great bobblehead giveaways honoring their 25 seasons: Ila Borders (May 27), Kevin Millar and Bill Murray presented by CHS (June 24), J.D. Drew (July 26), Jack Morris presented by Treasure Island (August 5) and Darryl Strawberry (August 23). The Saints will also have a unique giveaway on Opening Night, May 18 when the first 6,000 fans through the gates will receive a Mary Tyler Moore tam hat. At the end of the second inning the Saints will play the opening theme to the show on the videoboard and, in conjunction with Moore, the crowd will throw their tams into the air.
The Saints will bring back fan favorites like Star Wars Night presented by Pizza Ranch (May 20). Fans purchasing a special Saints ticket package by going to saintsgroups.com and entering the code “starwars” will receive their choice of an infield or outfield reserved seat, a lightsaber and Jedi Training. The Saints will once again honor Larry Doby, presented by MidWestOne Bank (June 27) and the always popular Irish Night (August 10).
There are two weekday afternoon games on June 14 and July 12, both at 1:05 p.m.
The daily promotions offer something for everyone in the family. The week will start with a little variety on Variety Show Monday. One special guest emcee, from Fancy Ray (June 12) to comedian Nick Swardson (July 10) along with a musical act, will entertain the crowd on the three Mondays during the season. Remember that time you passed gas in class when it was silent, we celebrate the uncomfortable on Mississippi Market Awkward Tuesday. Walser Wednesday’s are back for the craziest tailgate party of the year with free hot dogs. Quench your thirst with a Saints staple, Thirsty Thursday, with $1 select beers all night long. Friday Night Fireworks, presented by Xcel Energy, is back by popular demand. It’s time to get a little tropical on Treasure Island Saturday. The family friendly atmosphere wraps up with Select Heartland Chevy Dealers Family Sunday’s where kids run the bases and get team autographs following the game.
Along with the eight Xcel Energy Friday Night Fireworks games there are three additional Fireworks Supershows. On Sunday, May 28, following the 5:05 p.m. game, there will be a Monster Food Truck Rally with a Post-Game SPIREworks Super Show. The Independence Day Celebration will take place on Sunday, July 2, with a 5:05 p.m. start time, followed by a Monster Food Truck Rally and Post-Game Fireworks Super Show. The final Fireworks Supershow is on Thursday, August 31 at 7:05 p.m. with Fan Appreciation Night. Each of the Friday Night shows will once again be accompanied by a musical theme: May 19 (Punk Rock), May 26 (Beatles), June 23 (TBA), June 30 (Garth Brooks), July 14 (Hip Hop), July 21 (music from the Saints inaugural season of 1993), August 4 (Jock Jams), August 11 (Sounds of Summer) and August 18 (Michael Jackson).
For the entire 2017 promotions schedule visit saintsbaseball.com click on the “schedule” tab at the top and then the “2017 Promo Schedule” on the page.
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.