Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Groundskeepers at AT & T Park


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Many will say that our family is passionate about baseball. My daughter and I returned from watching three spring training games in Scottsdale, Arizona on Monday and she ordered tickets for a pre-season exhibition game at AT & T Park for all four of us on Friday. The kids love arriving at the park as soon as the doors open so that they can watch batting practice in hopes of catching a ball. It had rained on and off all afternoon and I was concerned that the game would be called off. The kids assured me that the game would still be on because they have awesome groundskeepers at AT & T Park. When we arrived, the diamond was covered by the most ginormous tarp I have ever seen.

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It was still blanketed with a substantial layer of water. 

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After most of the water was squeegeed off, the groundskeepers began the business of folding the tarp with a running start:

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By the time they got to the outfield, the drenched tarp was a heavy load to haul:

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Then they performed a precisely choreographed sequence of folds:

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Let's give a round of applause to the great groundskeeper crew...

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...for preparing the field for a perfect night of baseball!

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To see my slideshow of the tarp folding, click here.

I wish I knew how to easily add music to my Flickr slideshow (I'm open to suggestions). If I could, I would have used Bobby Darin's first hit "Splish Splash".

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