New Playing Field
Well, there is a green field at Citizens Bank Park again. Following the Winter Classic, the grass needed to be replaced. For the record, it is the third turf for the ballpark which is entering its ninth season.
Mike Boekholder, the head groundskeeper, is overseeing the nine-day project that includes ripping up the old Kentucky bluegrass turf and replacing it with Riviera Bermuda grass over-seeded with perennial ryegrass for the spring. The blend will better handle Philadelphia’s weather extremes. It was grown at Collins Wharf Sod Farm in Eden, MD.
Rolls of turf were stored outside the ballpark, brought to the field and rolled into place. 100,000 square feet of turf came in 600 rolls.
Mother Nature certainly has helped with the warmer than usual winter. A year ago,
Philadelphia was clobbered with a ton of snow, literally. The lack of snow was welcomed by Boekholder and his crew.
The new turf has two months to settle before the April 2-3 On-Deck Series with the Pirates.
**Hunter Pence was the subject of photo shoot for the April cover Philadelphia Magazine on Tuesday.
**The Magazine is also doing a story on the 1993 National League champion Phillies. Publication date is to be determined.
**Phillies equipment truck departs for Bright House Field on Feb. 12. Phillies clubhouse is a ghost room now. Every locker is completely empty, even name plates which are traveling south.
**A week later, pitchers and catchers will work out for the first time.
**An exhibition game against Florida State University at Bright House Field is scheduled for February 29.
February 2: RHP Warren Brusstar (1977-82), 60 . . . February 3: OF Bake McBride (1977-81), 63; LHP Mike Wallace (1973-74), 61 . . . February 4: LHP Dan Plesac (2002-03), 50; C Chris Coste (2006-09), 39 . . . February 5: RHP Chris Brock (2000-01), 42.
(Phillies Insider will take a break until Feb. 9)