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.