The State of the Field

Lots of interest in the state of Time Warner Cable Field at Fox Cities Stadium’s playing surface while I was in Arizona.

The groundscrew and the front office were gracious enough to wait until I returned from the desert to try an old Groundskeeper’s trick.  I was over there this morning to help pull tarp.

I’ll let Telemachus the Tarping Tapir take over the post from here:
The trick is to put the tarp on the field with the dark side facing up. This allows the sun to heat the tarp and melt the snow. It is in right field for right now.  Trust me.  I’m the Tarping Tapir:

Tarp on the field.

Tarp on the outfield.

Mehring took this shot from the beach….The beach.  That sounds so nice. 

Trust us. We know what we're doing.

Trust us. We know what we’re doing.

I’m not allowed on the club level, so Mehring ran up there for this ‘Eye in the Sky’ shot:

The eye in the sky doesn't lie.

The eye in the sky doesn’t lie.

You will notice from that shot that the groundscrew was already been working on the infield using a different trick.  That trick is called a snowblower.  Unfortunately, I was not around to take photo or a video of the snowblower in action.

The tarp will be moved over to left field after it has done its work in right field.  The temperatures in the 40s and the sun will really speed things along.  You will be surprised at how well this will work.  I will not be surprised because…like I said – I’m the Tarping Tapir…Now, back to Mehring. 

Thanks, Telemachus.

I’ll update this post later with links to video from the various media that were at the field to record the first tarp pull of 2013.

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Have a wonderful season.

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