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Twins Arete

Posted Wednesday, September 18th, 2019 06:34 pm GMT -6 in Baseball,Friends,Sports,Technology,Work at 6:34 PM

John Avenson bringing the heat

Originally published by DK on September 18, 2019 at 6:34 pm

Ed-die! Ed-die!

Posted Wednesday, September 11th, 2019 10:27 pm GMT -6 in Baseball at 10:27 PM

Mr.Rosario watching the replays

Originally published by DK on September 11, 2019 at 10:27 pm

Old and older

Posted Wednesday, September 11th, 2019 10:26 pm GMT -6 in Art,Baseball at 10:26 PM

Met Stadium and the Metrodome

Originally published by DK on September 11, 2019 at 10:26 pm

Your Northern Division Champs!!

Posted Wednesday, September 11th, 2019 12:01 am GMT -6 in Baseball,Sports at 12:01 AM

Way to go Saints – that was amazing!

Originally published by DK on September 11, 2019 at 12:01 am

Saints Honorary Media Member

Posted Tuesday, August 27th, 2019 09:38 pm GMT -6 in Baseball,Sports at 9:38 PM

The Saint Paul Saints have always been the masters of promotion. When they posted a link to a “Media Member for the Day” event, I grabbed the August 27th game against the Chicago Dogs and patiently waited. With only a handful of regular season games left, tonight was the night. I walked across the street from our house and picked up my pass from the box office, entered the VIP/Media entrance on Broadway and walked up to my perch behind home plate.

Working in an NFL stadium, our press box is only in use ten days a year (unless there is a Minneapolis Miracle). The Saints play fifty home games in the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball, plus the potential for best-of-five divisional and championship match-ups. With seven games left in the 2019 season, the Saints have a record of 59-34 and are 1.5 games back of Fargo-Moorhead, who clinched a playoff spot last night.

If they make the post-season, this will be the second year in a row. We went to all of the playoff games last year and were really surprised at how few people attended. The Saints lead the league in regular season attendance – in fact, they have double the attendance of the next closest team this year (363,109 versus 167,131 for Winnipeg). CHS Field (built in 2015 for $64.7 million by Ryan Companies) officially holds 7,210 fans, but the Saints average 8,069 people per game. My guess is that the huge corporate outing business that drives attendance during the year just isn’t there for the playoff games. If the Saints do make it to back-to-back playoffs, the dates this year would be:

  • Divisional Playoff Games: 9/4, 9/5, 9/7 (9/8 & 9/9, if necessary)
  • Championship Games: 9/11, 9/12, 9/14 (9/15 & 9/16, if necessary)

The division winner gets to choose which games they will host, with one team hosting the first two games and the other team hosting Game 3, as well as the final two games if they end up being needed.

So how does this press box compare to ours? The Vikings have spaces for 175 people in the main seating area and I would say you could squeeze in about six people at CHS. We both have high-speed WiFi and wired data ports available, a friendly press box announcer that reports stats as they happen and complimentary food and beverages. The press box at CHS sits between the TV broadcast booth on one side and the event production booth on the other. Of course, this is also where the peanuts get thrown down during the seventh inning stretch (looking forward to that).

Nothing against the Saints, but they really get caught up in the overall decline of local journalism. I can understand no Star Tribune or TV representation, but where is the Pioneer Press? Aside from the occasional Shooter mention, I don’t think you can even find a box score in the hometown paper. John Shipley did write a story during the All-Star festivities, but that was likely just because Joe Mauer and a bunch of Vikings played in the charity softball game.

Aside from that issue, the Saints definitely produce a great product in the crowded Twin Cities sports market. As a guy who grew up in Saint Paul going to games at Midway Stadium, the organization will always hold a special place in the history of the city. The new City of Baseball museum along the third base line is really well done and is a great addition to the building. CHS Field truly is a beautiful facility and GM Derek Sharrer runs a great operation.

Thanks for letting me visit!

Originally published by DK on August 27, 2019 at 9:38 pm

Is it raining?

Posted Sunday, August 25th, 2019 06:14 pm GMT -6 in Baseball,Weather at 6:14 PM

I hadn’t noticed…

Originally published by DK on August 25, 2019 at 6:14 pm

Sunday Saints

Posted Sunday, August 11th, 2019 05:11 pm GMT -6 in Baseball,Sports at 5:11 PM

Hopefully they do better than the Twins today

Originally published by DK on August 11, 2019 at 5:11 pm

So much baseball ⚾️

Posted Wednesday, July 24th, 2019 07:43 pm GMT -6 in Baseball,Sports at 7:43 PM

Two nights of All Stars, now two nights to start the second half

Originally published by DK on July 24, 2019 at 7:43 pm

American Association All Stars

Posted Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019 06:21 pm GMT -6 in Baseball,Shopping,Sports at 6:21 PM

So much CHS Field time this week

Originally published by DK on July 23, 2019 at 6:21 pm

Champion Golfer + Twins

Posted Sunday, July 21st, 2019 01:01 pm GMT -6 in Baseball,Golf,Sports,Television at 1:01 PM

Now we just need a win over Oakland

Originally published by DK on July 21, 2019 at 1:01 pm

Family reunion in 317

Posted Wednesday, July 17th, 2019 10:24 pm GMT -6 in Baseball,Family at 10:24 PM

Swapped out uncles…

Originally published by DK on July 17, 2019 at 10:24 pm

Losing stinks, but this was cool

Posted Wednesday, July 17th, 2019 07:38 pm GMT -6 in Baseball,Links,Sports at 7:38 PM

https://www.tmz.com/2019/07/17/pete-alonso-home-run-minnesota-474-feet-new-york-mets-mlb/

Originally published by DK on July 17, 2019 at 7:38 pm

The tarps are finally off

Posted Wednesday, July 17th, 2019 12:44 pm GMT -6 in Baseball,Sports,Weather at 12:44 PM

Weirdest rain delay ever

Originally published by DK on July 17, 2019 at 12:44 pm

Melty Dippin’ Dots Day

Posted Sunday, July 14th, 2019 05:32 pm GMT -6 in Baseball,Food,Weather at 5:32 PM

Too cold, too hot?

Originally published by DK on July 14, 2019 at 5:32 pm

Lombard reunion in 317

Posted Tuesday, June 25th, 2019 07:44 pm GMT -6 in Baseball,Family at 7:44 PM

…before I returned to the Delta Club, anyways 😉

Originally published by DK on June 25, 2019 at 7:44 pm

Buffalo chicken poutine

Posted Thursday, June 13th, 2019 06:18 pm GMT -6 in Baseball,Food,Work at 6:18 PM

Delta 360 Club @ Target Field

Originally published by DK on June 13, 2019 at 6:18 pm

Safely back from Seattle

Posted Sunday, May 19th, 2019 06:48 pm GMT -6 in Baseball,Family,Travel at 6:48 PM

Twins season ticket holder trip was successful

Originally published by DK on May 19, 2019 at 6:48 pm

Bonus baseball is the best

Posted Thursday, May 16th, 2019 07:29 pm GMT -6 in Baseball,Personal at 7:29 PM

It’s been quite an off-season

Originally published by DK on May 16, 2019 at 7:29 pm

Teddy B’s

Posted Wednesday, April 17th, 2019 08:19 pm GMT -6 in Baseball,Food at 8:19 PM

…with that gourmet shit

Originally published by DK on April 17, 2019 at 8:19 pm

This should be fun

Posted Thursday, March 28th, 2019 01:36 pm GMT -6 in Baseball,News,Sports at 1:36 PM

Happy Baseball Opener everyone!

Originally published by DK on March 28, 2019 at 1:36 pm

Rocco Baldelli

Posted Sunday, March 24th, 2019 10:03 am GMT -6 in Baseball,Quotes at 10:03 AM

A comfortable player is a happy player, and a happy player is a productive player…

Originally published by DK on March 24, 2019 at 10:03 am

Happy Shamrock Shake Day!

Posted Sunday, March 17th, 2019 03:25 pm GMT -6 in Baseball,Fashion,Holidays,Sports at 3:25 PM

I finally own a green hat to wear once a year

Originally published by DK on March 17, 2019 at 3:25 pm

Only two months until baseball

Posted Wednesday, January 30th, 2019 10:42 pm GMT -6 in Baseball,Family at 10:42 PM

MK at her first ticket draft

Originally published by DK on January 30, 2019 at 10:42 pm

Almost knocked me out

Posted Wednesday, September 26th, 2018 11:21 pm GMT -6 in Baseball at 11:21 PM

Guy next to me got it

Originally published by DK on September 26, 2018 at 11:21 pm

NotATweet: Saints Championship Game One

Posted Tuesday, September 11th, 2018 09:13 pm GMT -6 in Baseball,Tweets at 9:13 PM

Rough night for the home team ⚾️

Originally published by DK on September 11, 2018 at 9:13 pm

Porknite is so big now

Posted Thursday, August 30th, 2018 07:30 pm GMT -6 in Baseball at 7:30 PM

Every baseball team needs a pig ?

Originally published by DK on August 30, 2018 at 7:30 pm

The Swine Days of Summer

Posted Wednesday, August 29th, 2018 08:42 pm GMT -6 in Baseball at 8:42 PM

Last regular season home stand

Originally published by DK on August 29, 2018 at 8:42 pm

NotATweet: Birch’s Lowertown

Posted Sunday, August 26th, 2018 01:28 pm GMT -6 in Baseball,Food,Tweets at 1:28 PM

Too bad Birch’s Lowertown is going to miss most of Saints season

Originally published by DK on August 26, 2018 at 1:28 pm

My first stadium

Posted Thursday, August 16th, 2018 12:04 pm GMT -6 in Baseball,Football,History,Sports at 12:04 PM

Don’t think I saw a Vikings game, but saw lots of Twins there

Originally published by DK on August 16, 2018 at 12:04 pm

The Garrison Squealer ??

Posted Sunday, August 12th, 2018 07:11 pm GMT -6 in Baseball,Food at 7:11 PM

Bacon, wild rice and cheese from Von Hanson’s Meat

Originally published by DK on August 12, 2018 at 7:11 pm

My favorites

Posted Tuesday, August 7th, 2018 10:45 am GMT -6 in Baseball at 10:45 AM

From the 2018 St. Paul Saints trading card set

Originally published by DK on August 7, 2018 at 10:45 am

First timer at CHS Field

Posted Sunday, July 29th, 2018 05:01 pm GMT -6 in Baseball,Family,Sports at 5:01 PM

Hope they play better than last night

Originally published by DK on July 29, 2018 at 5:01 pm

New Saints WiFi vs. LTE

Posted Monday, July 9th, 2018 08:49 pm GMT -6 in Baseball,Technology at 8:49 PM

Some room for improvement, no?

Originally published by DK on July 9, 2018 at 8:49 pm

Last Day

Posted Sunday, March 11th, 2018 06:19 am GMT -6 in Baseball,Work at 6:19 AM

Three early baseball MOD shifts for 2018

Originally published by DK on March 11, 2018 at 6:19 am

Baseball ready

Posted Monday, February 26th, 2018 02:09 pm GMT -6 in Baseball,Work at 2:09 PM

First games start tomorrow

Originally published by DK on February 26, 2018 at 2:09 pm

Baseball or Hockey?

Posted Tuesday, February 13th, 2018 12:44 pm GMT -6 in Baseball at 12:44 PM

Justin Morneau @ Kirk’s big show

Originally published by DK on February 13, 2018 at 12:44 pm

Harmon Killebrew (via Rod Carew)

Posted Wednesday, December 13th, 2017 10:33 pm GMT -6 in Baseball,Personal,Quotes at 10:33 PM

It doesn’t cost anything to be nice…

Originally published by DK on December 13, 2017 at 10:33 pm

Color by Kendra

Posted Sunday, August 13th, 2017 06:54 pm GMT -6 in Art,Baseball,Friends at 6:54 PM

So cool – artwork @ CHS Field

Originally published by DK on August 13, 2017 at 6:54 pm

Birawer 3D baseball

Posted Thursday, August 3rd, 2017 02:35 pm GMT -6 in Art,Baseball,Work at 2:35 PM

Meetings with the Twins

Originally published by DK on August 3, 2017 at 2:35 pm

More bobble heads

Posted Wednesday, July 26th, 2017 07:56 pm GMT -6 in Baseball at 7:56 PM

JD Drew @ CHS Field

Originally published by DK on July 26, 2017 at 7:56 pm

Sunday with the Saints

Posted Sunday, July 23rd, 2017 04:57 pm GMT -6 in Baseball,Food,Sports at 4:57 PM

Mac and meat is my new favorite 

Originally published by DK on July 23, 2017 at 4:57 pm

Friday Fireworks + 1993

Posted Friday, July 21st, 2017 11:01 pm GMT -6 in Baseball at 11:01 PM

This neighborhood, amirite?

Originally published by DK on July 21, 2017 at 11:01 pm

Game of Thrones Night

Posted Thursday, July 6th, 2017 08:54 pm GMT -6 in Baseball,Television at 8:54 PM

Too hot, but had to get the T-shirt (not pictured)

Originally published by DK on July 6, 2017 at 8:54 pm

The Rayette seats don’t suck

Posted Monday, June 12th, 2017 07:31 pm GMT -6 in Baseball at 7:31 PM

Yet another perk – thanks, Brandon

Originally published by DK on June 12, 2017 at 7:31 pm

Line Starts Here

Posted Saturday, May 27th, 2017 07:11 pm GMT -6 in Baseball,Pop Culture at 7:11 PM

The masters of sports marketing 

Originally published by DK on May 27, 2017 at 7:11 pm

Rooftop fireworks

Posted Friday, May 19th, 2017 10:38 pm GMT -6 in Baseball at 10:38 PM

The new place is a great spot for Fireworks Fridays @ CHS Field

Originally published by DK on May 19, 2017 at 10:38 pm

Work it, Jim

Posted Tuesday, May 16th, 2017 11:11 pm GMT -6 in Baseball,Friends,Sports at 11:11 PM

Mr. Cunningham does such a great job for the Twins (and Wild)

Originally published by DK on May 16, 2017 at 11:11 pm

Can’t get any higher

Posted Friday, May 5th, 2017 07:00 pm GMT -6 in Baseball at 7:00 PM

Never sat in the last row before – Annual Gopher Night

Originally published by DK on May 5, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Spot the sibling at Spring training

Posted Sunday, March 5th, 2017 05:16 pm GMT -6 in Baseball,Family at 5:16 PM

BK in the house – Fort Myers, Florida

Originally published by DK on March 5, 2017 at 5:16 pm
 

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