BALLPARK

CHS Field, St. Paul, MN

FINAL SCORE

Explorers 11, Saints 3

Home teams are now 8-7 (1 rainout) in my games

HOW I GOT THERE

The Green Line stops in front of St. Paul Union Depot, just two blocks from the ballpark, but my hotel was 3 blocks away, so I walked.

WHERE I SAT

Section 105, row 17, seat 18.

WHAT I ATE

A jalapeƱo cheddar brat, tastefully garnished with cheddar cheese and relish. I was told there are delicious malts at the stadium as well, but my lactose intolerance held me back. I leave judgement on those to the more dairy-inclined.

MEMORABLE GAME MOMENTS

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unfortunately the Saints didn’t have a great game, but I certainly enjoyed my time at the stadium. At the top fo the 2nd inning I was invited out onto the field for a round of “human bowling,” in which I ran inside a giant inflatable hamster ball to a set of six life-size bowling pins. I managed to get a strike, but I’ll admit I was nervous when I was approaching my entrance and a Saints staffer said, “by the way, I’m contractually obligated to inform you that you have 30 minutes of oxygen in the ball.” Luckily, I got out in 20.

WHAT I LIKED ABOUT THE BALLPARK

One of the most unique things about CHS Field was the yarn bombing that had decorated light poles, bollards and fences around the stadium. It gave an otherwise very modern stadium a unique, homespun flair.

 

 

 

 

 

This was also one of the most well located stadiums on my trip and so even though it was lightly sprinkling when I left the ballpark, I wasn’t even that damp after my brief five-minute walk back to the hotel.

WHAT NEEDS IMPROVEMENT

I will say this was the most… scattered baseball team I’ve seen. Somehow they’ve managed to accumulate almost as many mascots as players. I appreciate a good small-ball spectacle as much as the next person, but without a cohesive (perhaps banana-like) theme, it just seems like a naked distraction from the game.

UP NEXT

Paul Thomas Sr. Field, Wenatchee, WA

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