Wednesday, May 2, 2012
There's a metaphor in here somewhere...
With the team hitting the road Tuesday for nine games in San Francisco, San Diego and Houston, the grounds crew at Marlins Park is first going to turn its attention to the grass in the outfield — particularly right field — that is turning brown.It's as if grass has a difficult time growing indoors or something. Who knew? The team is also plugging minor leaks in the roof, but that seems to be a much easier problem to solve.
"I would say the sod had as difficult an April as the team did," Samson said.
Samson said showers in April caused the retractable roof at Marlins Park to be closed more often than they expected. The lack of sun has led to the decay of the grass.
The Marlins already have replaced the turf in right field once — before opening night. Samson said there's always a chance they might have to replace the sod entirely. He said it has happened at other ballparks with retractable roofs.