Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Wrigley's Field

I thought something looked a bit different about the grass last night as I watched the Mets and Cubs, and now Ben Shpigel confirms it:
It’s that time of year again. The Mets’ annual trip to Wrigley Field — will there be another one in October? — which means that I’m resisting the urge to wax poetic on how ridiculously great this place is.

This time, I’m going to devote space to one of Wrigley’s less appealing features, something that generations of players can agree on: the playing surface. Infielders had complained regularly about the poor surface, particularly that it wasn’t, umm, flat. But over the winter the field underwent a complete renovation. Even from up high in the press box, I can see a difference. The grass is cut shorter. The warning track is lighter and wider. And look: no divots! Maybe we won’t see as many crazy infield hops this series.

Kudos to whoever put the playing surface improvements on their to-do list over the winter. Also, at the risk of heresy, I'm going on record as saying that, at least on TV, night games just look better from Wrigley.

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