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Getting to CHS Field

Saints To Honor First Female Professional Baseball Player, Ila Borders, During May 26-28 Homestand

ST. PAUL, MN May 24, 2017

Here Comes the Sun (we hope) as the St. Paul Saints open their second homestand of the season.  While it may only be three games Let’s Hear it For The Girls as we all scarf down some delectable food for a Memorial Weekend packed with fireworks and tradition from May 26-28


          The Saints take on the Kansas City T-Bones during the three game homestand that gets started on Friday, May 26 at 7:05 p.m.  We won’t just Let It Be because we’re only in town for three games, so reach out because we Want to Hold Your Hand.  Help us Come Together for this Xcel Energy Friday Night Fireworks with the musical theme of The Beatles.  Whether you’re a fan of John, Paul, George or Ringo this will be a night for many to pay tribute to one of the most popular bands in music.


          Back in 1997 the Saints made it cool to throw like a girl and now they will honor the most iconic player in their franchise history, Ila Borders.  The Saints kick off their Silver Anniversary Celebration with the first of five bobblehead giveaways on Saturday, May 27 at 7:05 p.m.  The first 1,500 fans in attendance will receive an Ila Borders bobblehead.  The left-handed pitcher became the first female to play professionally when Borders made her debut with the Saints on May 31, 1997, coming on in relief in Sioux Falls against the Canaries.  Despite facing only three batters, and not recording an out, the historic moment wasn’t lost on anyone in attendance.  In her very next outing Borders once again came out of the bullpen and struck out the side.  Borders pitched a total of seven games for the Saints that season before being traded to the Duluth-Superior Dukes.  She would earn her first professional win in 1998 with Duluth-Superior. Borders went on to play four seasons, with her best season coming in 1999 with Madison of the Northern League, going 1-0 with a 1.67 ERA in 15 appearances.


          From honoring the first female professional baseball player to honoring the men and women who have fought, and currently fight for our freedom, the Saints celebrate Military Appreciation Night on Sunday, May 28 at 5:05 p.m.  Military members will be honored throughout the game and the Saints will wear special black uniforms with a camo Saints logo.  Fans will have an opportunity to bid on the uniforms at the auction table located on the concourse near the souvenir shop.  Following the game is a Monster Food Truck Rally.  The food trucks scheduled to appear are Tot Boss, Tiki Tims, Hometown Creamery, Nine Yum Yum, Z’s Smokin Bonez, RA McSammy’s, El Jibarito, Bacon Me Crazy, Gastrotruck, Sandy’s Grill and Italian Ice, Dough Dough, Tasty Twins and Spire.  While you enjoy the delectable food, when the sun goes down get ready for a Stars and Stripes SPIREworks Super Show.


          It’s a short homestand before the Saints are gone for two weeks, so Don’t Let Us Down because after a Hard Day’s Night spend some time at the ballpark.  It’s an inspirational weekend as we honor all young girls who grow up dreaming of one day being an inspiration to many and honor those that fight for our everyday freedom. 


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. 


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.