PRESS RELEASE – This is a homestand filled with rivalries as the St. Paul Saints welcome two of their North Division foes to town. Whether you’re a fan of Homer or Flanders, Bacon or Sausage or the biggest rivalry of them all: Tupac vs. Biggie it’s time to throw down during the Saints weeklong homestand from July 10-16.
The homestand gets started with a four-game showdown with the Sioux Falls Canaries on Monday, July 10 at 7:05 p.m. Over the past two seasons the Variety Show Monday’s, presented by Metropolitan State University, have become fan favorites. We won’t serve you any Cold Pizza, but we’ll give you our First Take as former ESPN host and Saints pitcher (that’s right he pitched in two games for the Saints in 2005) Jay Crawford will entertain the crowd with his witty ad lib style as the guest emcee. Local country artist, and host of the popular KFAN Power Trip morning show, Chris Hawkey, is also no stranger to Saints fans. No, he never donned a uniform, threw a pitch or stepped up to the plate, but he’s performed on several occasions at Saints events. He may be a Good Liar, but our Favorite Song comes from his Country Underneath Album and he will play a few tunes between innings.
It’s become one of the most uncomfortable days during Saints games and Tuesday, July 11 at 7:05 p.m. won’t be any different. Whether you’ve tumbled up or down the Stairs (our GM Derek Sharrer knows this all too well), slipped on a patch of ice during the winter (yep, our graceful GM again) or laughed so hard you wet yourself (we have no proof our GM did this, but it’s a pretty safe bet) come on out and share your experiences with other people just like you on Awkward Tuesday presented by Mississippi Market Natural Foods Co-Op.
It’s the last weekday afternoon game of the season on Wednesday, July 12 at 1:05 p.m. If you’re someone who falls asleep at work like Homer, doesn’t believe rules are for you like Bart or runs a business all by yourself like Apu Nahasapeemapetilon then tell your boss to Eat Your Shorts because you’re headed to the Saints game as we celebrate 30 years of The Simpsons. Many people know the Simpsons as a 30-minute animated show, but it actually got its start on the Tracey Ullman Show on April 19, 1987 with “Good Night” during episode three of Ullman’s variety show. Bring out your saxophone and play some tunes during Walser Wednesday’s with the craziest tailgate party around.
You better pack your swim trunks and throw on a pair of sunglasses as the four-game series with the Canaries comes to a conclusion on Thursday, July 13 at 7:05 p.m. with Fun Is Good Summer Camp presented by Hamline University. We’ll take a fieldtrip around CHS Field and become one with nature as we gather around the campfire and make friends that will last a lifetime (or at least until the game is over). While the kids are making friendship bracelets the adults can partake in Thirsty Thursday, with $1 beers presented by Sprint.
Saints manager George Tsamis and Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks skipper Doug Simunic have had some heated battles during the eight season’s their two teams have faced off. Their beef, however, is nothing compared to what we’re bringing on Friday, July 14 at 7:05 p.m. as it’s West Coast vs. East Coast with Tupac vs. Biggie. These two larger than life rappers had one of the best hip-hop feuds ever with their labels Death Row Records and Bad Boy Records going toe-to-toe. You better Keep Ya Head Up Until the End of Time, but you’re Dead Wrong if you think you know the whole story of this Juicy Rivalry. Saints players will wear a special Tupac or Biggie jersey of their choice. While we pay homage to these two you better believe the song choices will get heated during our Xcel Energy Friday Night Fireworks.
Whether it’s with eggs, on a burger or in your salad the delectable bacon goes with almost anything. On Saturday, July 15 at 7:05 p.m. we’ll make your mouth water with The History of Bacon presented by Minnesota Pork. The word bacon is derived from various dialects, but all of which refer to “the back.” Have some fun and maybe you can Bring Home the Bacon by partaking in our on field promotions, but if you get into trouble we’ll Save Your Bacon. If things go right this season the Saints will celebrate a championship just like Don Bacon did with the C-Sox in 1963. Mix some pineapple in with your bacon during Treasure Island Resort and Casino Saturday.
CHS Field becomes Deutschland on Sunday, July 16 at 5:05 p.m. in the final game of the seven game homestand on German Night presented by Minnesota Pork. This is your excuse to start Octoberfest a little early because as we know There Are No Facts, Only Interpretations. Throw on the jersey of your favorite Bundesliga team, hop in your Mercedes Benz and follow our lead as if we were the Pied Piper of Hamelin because four short days from now we’ll be back for another homestand. Fans can collect their favorite Saints players as the first 1,500 people through the gates will receive a 2017 Saints Team Card Set. Flip them, put them in the spokes of your bike or keep them in pristine condition in holders, but whatever you do make sure you bring them down to the field following the game and get the team to sign them. It’s Select Heartland Chevy Dealers Family Sunday as kids run the bases and get team autographs following the game.
This is the homestand where beef comes to the forefront. Whether it’s bratwurst, meats from the back of the pig or a west coast/east coast feud try to stay on your feet. As always we bring the variety, so pack your summer bag because if you miss this week you’ll be screaming “D’oh!” The season is already half way over, so it’s time to come out and cheer on the Saints as they meet two division rivals.
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 (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.