Posts Tagged ‘St. Paul Saints’

Obama Victorious in ‘Vital’ St. Paul Saints’ Bobblection

ST. PAUL – U.S. Sen. Barack Obama handily defeated Sen. John McCain in the “Bobblection” held at Midway Stadium Saturday evening, before the St. Paul Saints beat the Fort Worth Cats 9-7. Obama’s strong showing in this important indicator of public opinion comes as his Minnesota campaign is gaining strength and momentum statewide. The Saints’ Bobblection track record cannot be questioned – in 2004, it correctly predicted the Minnesota results in the general election.

“Senator Obama is humbled that Saints fans recognize the need for real leadership to address the issues middle-class families are dealing with every day,” Obama’s Minnesota spokesman Nick Kimball said. “Saints fans are truly representative of Minnesota – hard working folks who enjoy a beautiful night of outdoor baseball.”

Obama’s strong showing – in what the McCain campaign acknowledged was a “vital contest” – came despite the strongest efforts of the McCain campaign to turn out in “full force” Saturday night.

Obama will build off the momentum gained from the Bobblection victory by continuing to build the strongest grassroots organization ever assembled in the state. Thousands of Minnesotans are invested in the campaign and are working in their own neighborhoods to bring real change and get our country back on track.

Obama will try to keep his streak alive tonight in Sioux Falls and with if he wins there he will go for the sweep tomorrow night in Fort Myers.

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It’s Never Too Late To Learn A Knuckleball

It’s embarassing, really, to be one of the writers for a blog about minor league baseball – a writer who has taken it upon himself to follow the numerous independent leagues this season – and to realize after checking your RSS feed that you have been beaten to the punch (by seven hours) on a pretty cool little story.  Damn you, Will Leitch!

Here’s the deal: the American Association’s St. Paul Saints, an organization that is presided over by the legendary Mike Veeck (of the legendary Baseball Veecks), planned on holding two days of open tryouts this week.  Mother Nature did not approve of the schedule ahead of time, however, and both days ended up being cancelled. 

This might have been enough to convince most people that it just wasn’t their day and they should consider postponing the dream until the next time the Saints offered such an opportunity.  Not Jon Secrist, a 53-year-old knuckleballer who appeared in a couple games for the Saints nine years ago and who would not be denied on this day.  He threw for the manager, George Tsamis, and was rewarded with an invitation to spring training.  26 players will be in camp for the Saints, two of which will be cut before the start of the season.  Two more will be let go after the first week, when the team must drop down to its in-season limit of 22.

What we have here is a walking, breathing example of what makes the independent leagues so great.  Only in that environment can a guy who is two years away from earning the senior discount at McDonald’s walk onto the field and impress the coaching staff enough to receive even a chance at making the team.  It’s not happening in Pawtucket, or Greenville, or Albuquerque.  But in St. Paul?  “We like the way you throw and you’re a great story.  Come on down to spring training and we’ll see what happens.”  You’ve gotta admit, that’s pretty cool.

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