There’s just something about a hot dog, a bag of chips and homemade apple pie. An all-American tasty treat.
But that wasn’t why a couple hundred people ventured inside the Chaska VFW on a perfect late afternoon Saturday in May. They were in attendance for the Lead-Off Party for the Chaska Cubs.
The unofficial official start to summer.
With more than half-dozen players in attendance, all wearing their new uniform tops, excitement for the 2019 season was in the air.
The talk of when Athletic Park will reopen — this week is the plan. The talk of new players — see Steve and Mike Edlefsen of Bloomington, former Gopher and Eden Prairie graduate Matt Halloran and the return of another former Gopher and Eagle Kyle Geason.
The talk of good, ol’ fashioned fun at the park. Where families meet. Where friends converse. Where the home team wins (or does its best to).
The Chaska Cubs are a large part of what makes Chaska the community it is.
Chaska, which opened the season at “home” at Poppitz Field in Victoria May 5, won in walk-off fashion, 2-1, over the Minneapolis Angels.
A bases-loaded single from Mike Edlefsen — the winning pitcher of record — in the 10th inning was the difference. Singles from Chase Hentges and Tyler Peterson sandwiched a walk to J.T. Canakes to set-up the heroics.
Canakes had a sacrifice fly in the first inning to plate Justin Johnson with the season’s first run.
Pete Ohnsorg, Andy Dauwalter, Drake Kilber, and Mike Edlefsen combined to scatter six hits and one run with 11 strikeouts for Chaska.
The Mother’s Day game with Henderson on May 12 is scheduled for 4 p.m. at Poppitz Field, though the location could be changed if the field is ready in Chaska.
ANOTHER GREAT EXPERIENCE
While it certainly wasn’t the thrill of watching Phil Mickelson and Sergio Garcia each card 63s on Sunday at the Ryder Cup, Monday’s media event for the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship at Target Field certainly had its moments.
LPGA pro Stacy Lewis stole the show from home plate, hitting targets placed around the field where Jim Thome launched the longest home run in Target Field history, as well as the spot Joe Mauer’s final home run and base hit landed.
Mickelson, who already has confirmed he will play this summer in the PGA’s newest event, the 3M Classic, dialed in twice on the 400-foot straight-away shot into the batter’s eye.
Listening to Mickelson talk about his experience in Minnesota, from the 1991 U.S. Open to the 2016 Ryder Cup, both championships held at Hazeltine National in Chaska, reminded me how special that week really was.
Golf is best viewed in person. The adrenaline, the goose bumps, that reverberate through your body, is something that can only be felt live on the course.
The Ryder Cup experience, especially the final day, ranks up there as my favorite sporting moment in my life.
While the names may not be as known, next month’s KPMG Women’s PGA Championship event will once again bring in the best players in the world. An Olympic-style tournament in our own community.
As expected, ticket sales have been strong thus far. Minnesota is rabid for great golf. This state came out for the Ryder Cup, coming together to help will the U.S. team past Team Europe.
The support was something you just had to be a part of to understand.
Well, Minnesota, we get another taste of the best golf in the world in six weeks.