Playing as the Mr. Paul Aints on Minnesota Atheist night at CHS field, the St. Paul Saints pulled off a miracle to beat the Winnipeg Golden Eye on Aug. 8, 2015.
Get tickets for the Minnesota Twins and the St. Paul Saints doubleheader on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, and you’re in for a special treat. The Twins play the White Sox at 12:10 pm at Target Field, then the Saints take on the Gary Southshore Railcats at 7:05 pm at CHS Field. Tickets for both games cost $36. Metro Transit is giving free rides on the light rail between Minneapolis and St. Paul for those going to the games.
Locals and visitors alike will have a blast taking in a game at Target Field in Minneapolis, then shuttling over to CHS Field in St. Paul. I enjoyed a Twins/Saints doubleheader of my own in June and was in baseball heaven.
This is the last chance you’ll have in 2015 for a Minneapolis/St. Paul baseball double dip. The game is on Thursday so you’ll have to escape from work. (Oh my, I feel a mental health day coming on.) Chances are the weather will be good. Average temps are generally about 70 degrees at the start of the Twins game, rising to the mid-70s by the start of the Saints game, then dropping to around 60 degrees by the end of the Saints game.
Whether or not you attend this doubleheader, there is still time this season to attend games at CHS Field and Target Field. If you want to see the Saints play you better step lively – their last game is Labor Day. The last regular season game for the Twins (though I’m still hopeful there could be a playoff game this year) will be Oct. 4.
Whenever you make it to either ballpark, it is absolutely worth it to go early and stay late. Wander the concourses on every level at Target Field. You can get almost everywhere (except the Legends Club and Champions Club). Be sure to ride the escalator up to the Metropolitan Club. Only season ticket holders can enter – but on the way in there is fabulous memorabilia on display that depicts the construction and history of Target Field. At CHS Field, you can walk around the entire ballpark. There is special group seating on a grass berm just off left field but you can hang out just behind it for a bit and enjoy the view.
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.