The indepenent St. Paul Saints of the American Association are going bounty hunting. Here’s a press release that the team issued today, explaining how they plan to go about it:
ST. PAUL, MN – A year-long suspension. A $500,000 fine. Loss of draft picks. None of these penalties have deterred the Saints from instituting a bounty system for big hits during a game this season.
“This is going to be the biggest game of our season and we’re going to go out and lay the wood on them,” said a source from the Saints organization. “We’ll be SHARPER than them and we will deliver big hit after big hit after big hit.”
On Saturday, September 1, the one year anniversary of Minnesota’s youth concussion law going into effect, the St. Paul Saints will be gunning for the opposition and plan to PAY a TON of money for a worthy cause.
For each bone crunching hit the Saints will collect a bounty and the bigger the hit, the larger the sum: a single is worth $100, a double $200, a triple $300 and a home run is worth $400. For every pitcher the Saints “knock-out” another $50 will be collected. Each time a Saints pitcher “punches out” an opposing hitter, $10 will be donated. At the end of the night all the money collected from the bounty system will be placed in a LOOMIS armored truck and taken to Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota and donated to their new concussion research program.
The first 1,500 fans entering the game that night (against the Wichita Wingnuts) will receive a football helmet piggy bank with the Saints logo on one side (the S will be in the shape of a $) and the Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota logo on the other. It should be a BREEZE for fans to fill it up with their own bounty and they can take the piggy bank to the Children’s (either the Minneapolis or St. Paul hospital locations) to donate the money to concussion research.
During the evening, the Saints will pay tribute to Dog the Bounty Hunter, whose eight year anniversary of his TV show takes place the day before, August 31. Saints fans will have a chance to come face-to-face with the original bounty hunters by winning tickets to the Science Museum of Minnesota’s Real Pirates! Exhibit.
The St. Paul Saints are an Independent minor league baseball team in the American Association. They are well known for such promotions as the bobblefoot giveaway, Randy Moss hood ornament, the Love Boat, Bud Selig/Donald Fehr seat cushion night, Michael Vick Chew Toy giveaway and last season’s Tweeting Wiener boxer shorts.