I may have squealed with delight upon arriving at the St. Paul Saints game on June 7. Warming up on the field for the Saints was a guy with the same last name as me. He graciously posed for a selfie – thanks Sam!
A purist at the Saints game said mine wasn’t a true double dip because I drove instead of riding the light rail from Minneapolis to St. Paul. With a 1:10 Twins start and a 5:05 Saints first pitch, the timing just didn’t work. The next chance for a double dip this season is Sept. 3. Twins play at 12:10 pm, the Saints at 7:05 pm.
Sights: MLB TV crew and Saints field crew pulling on tarps
Sounds: Barking dogs – it was “Bring Your Dog to the Ballpark” day
Smells: Excellent selection of craft beers – hey, each has a unique aroma!
Hilarious highlights: So much going on, truly games within the game including:
- First time I’ve heard the announcement of the ball/strike count draw snickers from the crowd: “This batter has 2 strikes, and NO Balls!” It was all in the delivery of PA Announcer Lee Adams. Definitely kept everyone entertained.
- Relief pitchers travel from the bullpen to the mound in a vehicle that looks like an ambulance plastered with advertising for a personal injury attorney.
- Between innings Muddonna, an orange tutu-clad pig, delivers balls to the umpire. It’s a Saints tradition that continues in the new stadium.
- Ear, nose, and throat mascot race sponsored by a health care provider.
- If the game is stressing you out, enjoy a chair massage from Sister Rosalind along the third base line
CHS Field is the new home of the Saints and it is spectacular. Definitely a place you can enjoy with your non-baseball friends. Parking is available on street, in lots, and ramps. Metered parking is free in off-peak hours. Expect to walk at least several blocks from your parking spot to the ballpark. There are restaurants and bars along the way to enjoy on your stroll.
Baseball was one of the things my Grandpa and I enjoyed together.
At 103, Tony Ament knew he wouldn’t see many more Opening Days. The last one we shared was 2014. The Twins lost to the White Sox 5-3.
He’d never been to Target Field, or the Metrodome, but he was a lifelong Twins fan. Every two weeks I’d visit Grandpa and stay overnight. We’d watch the Twins and remind ourselves that hope springs eternal in baseball. Maybe one day the Twins would be winners again!
When I take in a game at Target Field, I get there when the gates open to take in the wonders of the ballpark. One Saturday late in August 2014, I arrived early to watch batting practice in the first game of a double-header with Detroit. There wasn’t much competition for the two batting practice balls I caught that day – TWO!
Excited as could be, I headed right from the game to St. Cloud for a visit with Grandpa. I gave one ball to him. But he wouldn’t keep it. “I got two!” I insisted. Nope, he wouldn’t hear of it. So I promised to bring “his” baseball with me every time I visited. “That’s a deal,” he agreed.
Visits were closer together after that, as he rounded third and headed for home himself.
During the 2014 World Series, the ball was there on the bed as I held his hand and watched the Giants beat up on the Royals 11-4. I updated him on the score as the game went along and he squeezed my hand in acknowledgement. But it was a long game – four hours – and he left before it ended.
To honor Grandpa, and to celebrate my love of baseball, I’m visiting ballparks across the U.S and sharing my experiences. Follow along as I detail the sights, the sounds, and the smells of my MLB and MiLB baseball adventures.
Favorite sight, sound, and smell of Opening Day:
Sight: Twins hoodies given away to fans upon entering the gate
Sound: Crack of ball on bat during batting practice
Smell: Tater tot nachos – a new special treat at Target Field
Described as “The Greatest World Series Game of All Time,” to me it felt like dreaming the impossible dream.
1991 World Series
Though it seems strange to say it now, I wasn’t aware that you could buy a World Series baseball. A Twins fan I worked with during the ’91 Series told me she had bought one from the ’87 Series.
Ordering the ball
Getting my hands on the prized souvenir was relatively easy, as I recall. I filled out a form torn out of newspaper and sent a check. The ball showed up a few weeks later. This is the old-school way we did such things before the world wide interwebs.
Creating a presentation on your iPad is easy! I recently gave the following “how to” presentation to an industry association annual conference:
Let’s say you have photos of a construction project that you want to show a prospect. The approach I’m going to demonstrate is best for one-to-one or small group meetings where the iPad can be passed around for viewing by individuals or a small group.
Here’s how to create presentations on the fly right on your iPad:
As with any project, you need to do some prep work in order to get a good result. Two options for getting photos to your iPad:
- Download pictures from the cloud using an application, such as Dropbox, to your iPad’s camera roll.
- Received the photos as email attachments? Save them from your email to your iPad camera roll.
Using Dropbox: This is where the prep work happens. When you have lots of photos, or they come from various sources, you’ll want to upload the photos to Dropbox. Having a central place to store photos makes it easy for teams to access the right images to present to a client and customize each presentation. To download from Dropbox to your iPad: Open the Dropbox App > Select photo you want saved to your iPad > Download. The photo is saved to your camera roll. Repeat this step for each photo you want to include in your presentation.
Downloading email attachments: If you’ve received photos as email attachments you can save them to your camera roll then organize the photos into albums. How to download: Open email message > Click on photo > Save Image.
Now you’re ready for the final prep step: Organizing photos into Albums.
How to create Albums: Go to Photos App > Select > Choose photo > Add To > New Album. Pro tip: After downloading the photos to camera roll, delete the email from your inbox so you are not tempted to refer back to those attachments. It is best to download the photos and organize them using albums rather than searching your inbox every time you need the photos.
Now that the photos are organized in albums you’re ready to create. Easiest way to create a presentation is Album > Slideshow > Start Slideshow. The slideshow will automatically play. Pass the iPad around for easy viewing. Users can also scroll through photos one-by-one to get a closer look.
Another easy way to create a good looking presentation is with the Replay app. Select the Album you want to use from the Photos app and Replay does the rest. Bonus: Works with video clips.