Monday, September 3, 2018

Wiffle Wars, Saints Game, and a Free Night Cap

The final adventure of my vacation was in St. Paul.  We went to CHS Field early for a charity wiffle ball tournament. Wiffle Wars benefited the Hendrickson foundation, which provided hockey opportunities for kids and adults with intellectual and physical disabilities.  It was a hot and steamy afternoon for our first visit to this ballpark.
 Jimmy cooled down with his first malt cup since he was a kid.
MN Wild mascot, Nordy, pitching to the MN Twin's TC Bear
 A bunch of local celebrities participated on 4 teams.
 I was rooting for the orange team which consisted of:
KFAN's AJ Mansour
Former MN Twins Pitcher, Glen Perkins
Former MN Wild Center, Darby Hendrickson
NHL Defensemen, Paul Martin
Kare 11's Jana Shortal and Dave Schwartz
I've never actually watch wiffle ball and was unaware of the rules, which are much different than baseball.  I finally figured it out about halfway through the first game.
 TC Bear was pitching at one point and got hit with a ball.  Luckily, Nordy was there to revive him!
 The opponent finally started figuring out the long ball, so Glen and AJ stood on the wall in an attempt to prevent home runs.
They won the first game and were on to the championship.  This game had some more hijinks and some crazy good hits.
Another big win and they took home the trophy!  It was a very fun event for a great cause.
We had a little time to burn before the game started so we watched warm-ups and grabbed some cheese curds (they were so good!)
It's a little hard to follow when you don't know any of the players, but minor league baseball is just as much about the atmosphere as it is the game.  They do fun games between innings and really strive to entertain the crowd.
We left a little early to check out Rival House Sporting Parlour.  They sponsor AJ Mansour in the Initials Game on KFAN.  They play it every Friday morning and you get a free beer and $3 appetizer the weekend after AJ wins.  We were in luck since he won the day before.  We aren't big beer drinkers, but they had Angry Orchard on tap, so we both got that.  We also ordered (more) cheese curds and sriracha honey wings that were to die for!  The food was taking a very long time, so they gave us another beer (Golden Road Mango Cart) and comped it all! 
They also had great taste in art with their scrabble tile bathroom signs, although I think mine are better executed.  Rival House for the win!

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