Got an interesting note the other day from reader Nate Hill, who wrote:
One of our local high school baseball teams, Minnetonka High School [just outside of Minneapolis], just built a new ballfield. What’s interesting is that it’s a FieldTurf field, and there are no dirt cutouts around the three bases like you’d normally see on an artificial field. In fact, there’s no dirt anywhere on the field other than on the mound and around home plate. Where dirt would normally be on the infield, they instead use reddish FieldTurf to give the illusion of dirt.
Fascinating. I didn’t know you could slide on FieldTurf. Instead of a cloud of dust, you end up with a spray of shredded tires. But hey, if you can slide on FieldTurf, why bother having real dirt around home plate? Is it because a chopper hit almost straight down on FieldTurf would bounce too high? Or because it would be impossible to deaden a bunt?
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Uni Watch News Ticker: With the Mets back on the road last night, Shawn Green’s superscript “Y” reappeared. … Reggie Bush is the latest NFLer to endorse Schutt (with thanks to Matt Olson). … According to a small item buried within this page (adroitly spotted by Gypone Bubeck), “The Diamondbacks are so serious about getting rid of the color purple that they asked the Dodgers to remove the plastic on-deck circle that featured their old logo (and that color) from in front of their dugout at Dodger Stadium.” … And speaking of the Diamondbacks, Pat Finley found a Q&A on MLB.com in which team prexy Derrick Hall explained the team’s uni protocol: “The team set the uniform schedule so that fans can know what to expect and what to wear. We wear Sedona Red on Tuesday and Sundays, and wear our black alternate cap and jersey for Saturday home games only.” This is the first I’ve ever heard of a team being that regimented about their wardrobe rotation. … Nike managed to screw up a Josh Gibson promotion. … I’ve got a short piece about tomorrow’s Mayweather/De La Hoya fight up on the No Mas site.