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St. Paul Saints Bring Some Summer To February

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) – The St. Paul Winter Carnival is wrapping up this weekend, but just because it’s winter doesn’t mean the “boys of summer” can’t be part of it.

At least that’s what the St. Paul Saints were thinking.

“Who in the heck in Minnesota is going to play baseball Feb. 1?” asked former Saints player and major leaguer Kevin Millar.

The team braved the ample accumulation of white stuff at Midway Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

“I feel like I’m in Lambeau Field,” Millar said. “They had snowblowers in the stands.”

Like the song says, “Buy me some peanuts and …” thermal underwear.

“I’ve never seen a baseball field like this,” Millar said.

The boys of summer were out in their element, or at least the elements.

“You basically try to stay on your feet. You gotta figure that someone’s going down, right? We’re gonna have a man down somewhere,” Millar said. “So the main thing is to stay on your feet, get good traction and not pull anything because you’ve got some old guys out here with some bad bodies.”

We’ve had a hard winter and it’s about time for summer. But Saints manager George Tsamis has some good advice about grounders.

“If you hit it in the ground, it’s not going anywhere,” Tsamis said. “You’ve gotta get it up in the air.”

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