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Getting to CHS Field

Oh Sheet! It's Bill Murray and Kevin Millar (Bobbleheads) During June 22-July 2 Homestand

ST. PAUL, MN June 21, 2017

The St. Paul Saints have spent a lot more time away from CHS Field than in their award-winning ballpark during the 2017 season.  After spending 19 of the last 22 games on the road, it’s time to do something the franchise hasn’t done in more than a decade: play three series at home.  We honor the past, we hand out some presents and we look the future during the 10-game homestand from June 22-July 2.

 

          The Saints begin the homestand against the team that knocked them out of the playoffs last year, the defending champion Winnipeg Goldeyes, with a four game series from June 22-25.  It begins on Thursday, June 22 at 7:05 p.m. with our annual Toilet Paper Drive presented by Innovative Office Solutions.  Aside from the obvious there are many creative uses for toilet paper: making paper flowers, artwork, making a mummy costume, you can write notes on it and so much more.  For this night we’re asking fans to bring in unused rolls of toilet paper that we will donate to Second Harvest Heartland.  Since you’re doing something generous for us, we will do something generous for you with a $1 Thirsty Thursday on select beers presented by Sprint.

 

          On Friday, June 23 at 7:05 p.m. help us kick off Twin Cities Pride.  The Saints have become a part of this important annual tradition as the greater GLBT community comes together to commemorate their diverse heritage, foster inclusion, educate and create awareness of issues, and celebrate achievements in equality.  Events go on all weekend from sporting events, to picnics to the parade at Third Street and Hennepin.  The Saints will wear special Pride uniforms that will be auctioned off during the game with proceeds going back to TC Pride.  It’s also an Xcel Energy Friday Night fireworks with a special musical theme in honor of Pride.

 

One of the most anticipated night’s of the season takes place on Saturday, June 24 at 7:05 p.m. with our second Silver Anniversary celebration night presented by CHS.  Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and that’s of the utmost importance tonight as the first 2,000 fans in attendance will receive an iconic Bill Murray/Kevin Millar couch bobblehead.  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).  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.  Some of the players scheduled to attend are: pitchers Jim Manfred, Eric Moran, Damon Pollard, outfielder Kent Blasingame and infielder Kevin Millar.  Players will be available for autographs on the concourse prior to the game from 5:30-6:30 p.m.  In addition other instrumental staff members from the 1993 season attending are: VP, Community Partnerships/Customer Service Annie Huidekoper, Account Executive Dan Craighead, and Merchandise Manager Bill Fisher. It’s only appropriate, since we’re honoring two of the coolest guys around, that we do so on a Treasure Island Saturday.

 

Minnesota is going to start hosting some major sporting events over the next few years: the Super Bowl, NCAA Final Four, American Association Championship Series (we hope) and the X Games.  Up first are the X Games in July, and on Sunday, June 25 at 5:05 p.m. we’re here to get you geared up a little early with our own version of the X Games presented by Minnesota Soybean.  Whether you’re into extreme biking, Street Vert or Big Air on the skateboard we’ve got you covered from every angle.  Following the game kids run the bases and get team autographs on Select Heartland Chevy Dealers Sunday.

 

After an off day during the homestand the Saints tip their caps to the legendary Hall of Famer, and the first African American player in the American League, on Larry Doby Night presented by MidWestOne Bank on Tuesday, June 27 at 7:05 p.m. The Saints and Goldeyes will wear special Negro League uniforms with the Saints donning the garb of the Newark Eagles, the 1946 Negro League championship team that featured Doby, while the Goldeyes wear the uniforms of the Homestead Grays. Doby was first signed by the Cleveland Indians under Hall of Fame owner Bill Veeck, the father of current Saints President and owner Mike Veeck, in 1947. Doby was a seven time all-star who batted .283 over his 13 year major league career while amassing 253 home runs. While never playing in St. Paul, the Saints honor their connection to the baseball legend each year and retired his number, 14, in 2005.

 

          Is it pork, is it ham, is it some type of unknown meat?  We’ll answer this question and much more as we celebrate the 80th Birthday of Spam, presented by 333 on the Park, proudly owned, developed and managed by Timberland Partners, on Wednesday, June 28 at 7:05 p.m.  Spam shows up everywhere including in Monty Python sketches, which is how we got the phrase “spam mail.”  You can eat the meat cold, pan-fried, in a hash, put it on a burger or even in your rice.  The possibilities are endless.  If spam doesn’t agree with your palate perhaps you can grab something at the craziest tailgate party around on Walser Wednesday.

 

          We’re a state full of Minnesota Nice and zipper mergers and on Thursday, June 29 at 7:05 p.m. we celebrate it all during True North Part I presented by Valleyfair.  Whether you enjoy going to the cabin during the summer, or winter, trying lutefisk or saying “You Betcha” and “Don’t Cha Know” this is the day we celebrate everything wonderful, and hilarious, about our fine state of Minnesota.  To help you get in the mood when we poke fun at ourselves enjoy a $1 beer on Thirsty Thursday presented by Sprint.

 

          The homestand takes its final turn with three games against the always pesky Gary SouthShore Railcats beginning Friday, June 30 at 7:05 p.m.  The entire weekend is presented by Bush’s Beans and it gets started with the always popular Xcel Energy Friday Night Fireworks to the musical theme of Chris Gaines Garth Brooks.  MAYBE, you’ll go DIGGING FOR GOLD if it SNOWS IN JULY, but not on this night because we’re giving you FRIENDS IN LOW PLACES at CHS Field that will provide you MORE THAN A MEMORY on this one of a kind night.

 

          On Saturday, July 1 at 7:05 p.m. we’re going back in the time machine to the Roarin’ 20 with Gatsby Night presented by Discount Tire.  The literary genius, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s house can be found on Summit Avenue in St. Paul.  This party starts in the evening and will go on into the wee hours of the morning.  So women put on your best sleeveless dress, proudly wear that diamond tiara and grab your feather fan.  Men get out your striped suit, flashy necktie and homburg hats.  We’re all going to toast the night with our glass of champagne.  Those of you not wanting to dress the part can give in to the island theme with your button down flowery shirts on Treasure Island Saturday.

 

          All good things must come to an end and the longest homestand of the year will go out with a bang on Sunday, July 2 at 5:05 p.m. with our Independence Day Fireworks SuperShow.  We honor the U.S.A. on her birthday with a little slice of Americana: baseball, hot dogs and fireworks.  Following the game is our Monster Food Truck Rally.  Food trucks scheduled to appear are: Tot Boss, Anchor Fish & Chips, Tiki Tims, Hometown Creamery, Nine Yum Yum, Z’s Smokin Bonez, RA MacSammy’s, El Jibarito, Bacon Me Crazy, Fun Fare Global, Buffalo Bison, Spire, O’Cheeze and Sweet Sisters.  Then when the sun goes down get ready for the biggest, loudest and most colorful fireworks shows around.

 

          We’re home for so long you might even start to recognize who we are.  Bring your pride because it’s time to celebrate the great state of Minnesota and this amazing country we call the U.S.A.  No matter what name you go by you’re always welcome in our house.  So take a seat on our couch and imagine yourself between a Millar and a Murray because you won’t get spam from us, it’s all genuine entertainment for 10 amazing days.

 

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 (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. 

 

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.