7 Minute Miles

One of a kind night

pic posted Monday, September 16th, 2019 06:46 pm GMT -5

You want to feel electric, you want to feel loose. You want to be eclectic, you want to call a truce…

- Hello Again

quoted Sunday, September 15th, 2019 10:51 pm GMT -5

Butterfly release #2

pic posted Sunday, September 15th, 2019 04:38 pm GMT -5

Congratulations to your 2019 American Association Champions @StPaulSaints

@kingsbury tweeted Saturday, September 14th, 2019 11:55 pm GMT -5

Thanks for a great season

pic posted Saturday, September 14th, 2019 11:21 pm GMT -5

You get a grand slam and *you* get a grand slam

@kingsbury tweeted Saturday, September 14th, 2019 09:27 pm GMT -5

That would be our new GM Bill Guerin throwing out the first pitch in Lowertown tonight

@kingsbury tweeted Saturday, September 14th, 2019 07:42 pm GMT -5

Still a little bitter that Saint Paul lost the original 612 to Minneapolis

@kingsbury tweeted Saturday, September 14th, 2019 03:39 pm GMT -5

MK’s friend in the wild

pic posted Saturday, September 14th, 2019 03:36 pm GMT -5

Perfect early morning round down at Sand Creek (and I shot an 87)

@kingsbury tweeted Saturday, September 14th, 2019 11:53 am GMT -5

Magic lights the way

pic posted Friday, September 13th, 2019 10:30 pm GMT -5

It’s been a mentally exhausting “off” week, but there is now new music from @lydializamusic on the good headphones

@kingsbury tweeted Friday, September 13th, 2019 06:27 pm GMT -5

512, Midnight Green

@kingsbury tweeted Friday, September 13th, 2019 04:44 pm GMT -5

I’m a bad alumni

pic posted Friday, September 13th, 2019 03:58 pm GMT -5

Whatever will be, will be. The future is ours to see…

- Baby Hold On

quoted Friday, September 13th, 2019 10:30 am GMT -5

I’m such a sucker for British ensemble dramas

@kingsbury tweeted Thursday, September 12th, 2019 10:12 pm GMT -5

Still my favorite pasta

pic posted Thursday, September 12th, 2019 05:42 pm GMT -5

Day after day, alone on a hill. The man with the foolish grin is keeping perfectly still…

- The Fool on the Hill

quoted Thursday, September 12th, 2019 09:05 am GMT -5

Ed-die! Ed-die!

pic posted Wednesday, September 11th, 2019 10:27 pm GMT -5

Old and older

pic posted Wednesday, September 11th, 2019 10:26 pm GMT -5

These seats are kinda cool

pic posted Wednesday, September 11th, 2019 06:31 pm GMT -5

Louie’s Fruity Flip

pic posted Wednesday, September 11th, 2019 12:03 am GMT -5

Your Northern Division Champs!!

pic posted Wednesday, September 11th, 2019 12:01 am GMT -5

Summer is extended in Lowertown for at least one more night

@kingsbury tweeted Tuesday, September 10th, 2019 07:07 pm GMT -5

Definitely not CHS Field

pic posted Tuesday, September 10th, 2019 06:36 pm GMT -5

World’s Best

pic posted Monday, September 9th, 2019 01:50 pm GMT -5

I’m in the pocket just like Grady Tate, got supplies of beats so you don’t have to wait. ‘Cause I’m the master blaster, drinking up the Shasta…

- Professor Booty

quoted Monday, September 9th, 2019 08:13 am GMT -5

Made it just in time for first pitch

@kingsbury tweeted Sunday, September 8th, 2019 05:36 pm GMT -5

Home opener

pic posted Sunday, September 8th, 2019 02:57 pm GMT -5

Made in Milaca

pic posted Sunday, September 8th, 2019 02:51 pm GMT -5

Football tomorrow, but baseball tonight

@kingsbury tweeted Saturday, September 7th, 2019 06:46 pm GMT -5

Longest round of the year

pic posted Saturday, September 7th, 2019 04:32 pm GMT -5

New menu day @SaintDinette – tried all the cheeses

@kingsbury tweeted Friday, September 6th, 2019 07:29 pm GMT -5

Worth the wait

pic posted Friday, September 6th, 2019 01:23 pm GMT -5

It bugs me more than it should that the New York Times style guide uses “N.F.L.” and not “NFL”

@kingsbury tweeted Friday, September 6th, 2019 12:05 pm GMT -5

The Austrians are invading

pic posted Thursday, September 5th, 2019 07:29 pm GMT -5

Minnesota PSA: the bugs down by the river tonight are bonkers

@kingsbury tweeted Thursday, September 5th, 2019 07:26 pm GMT -5

My bike commute this morning put my 2019 mileage total ahead of 2018 – thank you @HennepinHC!

@kingsbury tweeted Thursday, September 5th, 2019 10:26 am GMT -5

Royal Golf Club

pic posted Wednesday, September 4th, 2019 06:48 pm GMT -5

Come Pitch Your Tent

pic posted Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019 11:46 pm GMT -5

50 years of plundering

pic posted Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019 10:55 am GMT -5

Thank you @mnstatefair for another great year – went four times, will be sad tomorrow and can’t wait for 2020

@kingsbury tweeted Monday, September 2nd, 2019 10:24 pm GMT -5

God bless Rick Nielsen

pic posted Monday, September 2nd, 2019 08:12 pm GMT -5

The crowd at this ZZ Top concert is what you would call “grizzled”

@kingsbury tweeted Monday, September 2nd, 2019 06:58 pm GMT -5

That state fair life

pic posted Monday, September 2nd, 2019 03:52 pm GMT -5

Favorite new food in years

pic posted Monday, September 2nd, 2019 12:20 pm GMT -5

Old school for day #4 at the fair – actually got a great spot in the Como lot

@kingsbury tweeted Monday, September 2nd, 2019 11:26 am GMT -5

If you were playing near me tonight at the casino, chances are good you did well (while I did not)

@kingsbury tweeted Sunday, September 1st, 2019 11:56 pm GMT -5

Mom would’ve been 75 today – miss her tons ❤️

@kingsbury tweeted Sunday, September 1st, 2019 04:26 pm GMT -5

Sundays in Highland

pic posted Sunday, September 1st, 2019 04:11 pm GMT -5

The new kids in town

pic posted Saturday, August 31st, 2019 07:32 pm GMT -5

Love this crew

pic posted Friday, August 30th, 2019 11:19 pm GMT -5

My first bonus regular season of Saints baseball ends on this beautiful night

@kingsbury tweeted Friday, August 30th, 2019 08:12 pm GMT -5

The art building never disappoints

pic posted Friday, August 30th, 2019 02:54 pm GMT -5

Is there a better music video than Sabotage?

@kingsbury tweeted Thursday, August 29th, 2019 01:16 pm GMT -5

Hall & Oates @ Grandstand

pic posted Thursday, August 29th, 2019 01:04 pm GMT -5

She’ll only come out at night, the lean and hungry type. Nothing is new, I’ve seen her here before…

- Maneater

quoted Thursday, August 29th, 2019 01:01 pm GMT -5

Make your own caption

pic posted Thursday, August 29th, 2019 12:45 pm GMT -5

Creepy Wizard of Oz

pic posted Thursday, August 29th, 2019 12:43 pm GMT -5

New corn booth, still solid

pic posted Thursday, August 29th, 2019 12:42 pm GMT -5

G. Love just dedicated a song to the foot-long hot dog stand on Judson and Nelson

@kingsbury tweeted Wednesday, August 28th, 2019 07:44 pm GMT -5

The breakfast waffle

pic posted Wednesday, August 28th, 2019 03:09 pm GMT -5

Got to throw the peanuts!

pic posted Tuesday, August 27th, 2019 10:43 pm GMT -5

Saints Honorary Media Member

story posted Tuesday, August 27th, 2019 09:38 pm GMT -5

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!

Get to play a little compare and contrast between our press box and the @StPaulSaints tonight

@kingsbury tweeted Tuesday, August 27th, 2019 06:42 pm GMT -5

Ed Sheeran’s Divide Tour: two-and-a-half years, 255 performances, 8.9 million tickets, $775.6 million gross

@kingsbury tweeted Tuesday, August 27th, 2019 03:48 pm GMT -5

Happy dog on Dog Day

pic posted Monday, August 26th, 2019 07:08 pm GMT -5
 

Personal Records & Mileage

  • Mile - 6:10
  • 5K - 21:42
  • 10K - 44:40
  • Half - 1:38:40
  • Full - 3:43:32
  • 50K - 7:37:00
  • 2019 Run Mileage: 51.4
  • 2019 Bike Mileage: 1074.2

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