Mike Veeck championing stadium for St. Paul Saints

Team owner ready to move on from Midway

Kaufenberg looks confused — he speaks only limited Spanish. Before he can give an answer, Mike starts in again: "Frijo! Wait, no, that's 'cold.'"

Then, to a jingle in his mind alone, Mike starts dancing an impromptu cha-cha, singing, 'El frijo beero cheapo! El frijo beero cheapo!'

"Let's just repeat that phrase for 30 seconds. The Twins'd make us pull it after one spot, but we'd kill it. Think we can get 30 seconds of it? Think that would fly? 'El frijo beero cheapo!' That'd be great! Imagine that."

Mike Veeck, president and part owner of the Saints, stands outside Midway Stadium as the Saints prepare for their 2012 season
Craig Lassig
Mike Veeck, president and part owner of the Saints, stands outside Midway Stadium as the Saints prepare for their 2012 season
The Saints' current stadium (top) and the proposed Lowertown stadium, which would replace Midway, would hold 7,000 fans, sit along the new light-rail line, and feature open art spaces
courtesy of the St. Paul Saints
The Saints' current stadium (top) and the proposed Lowertown stadium, which would replace Midway, would hold 7,000 fans, sit along the new light-rail line, and feature open art spaces

Kaufenberg shuffles away, his look of concern even more pronounced.

Mike stands, wrapping himself in a scarf, wheels still turning. He grins, eyes glinting. As he walks off, opening the door to a bright spring day, he says to no one in particular: "Imagine that." 

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