— Days Without Shea —

AllStarVallots_062508The New York Times had a wonderful “Executive Pursuits” column today by Harry Hurt III.

The reporter got to be a groundskeeper for a day at Shea Stadium.

It’s a fantastic read. Among the things you will learn about Shea:

– The outfield grass is kept at seven-eighths of an inch, down from 1 1/4 inches a few years ago, because the Mets want to emphasize speed.

– Ever wonder how they get those stripes and patterns in the outfield grass? The color of the stripes depends on the mower path: a dark stripe indicates that the grass has been mown toward you; a light stripe indicates that it has been mown away from you.

– Home plate and the pitcher’s mound are heavy clay. The infield dirt is 60 percent sand, 25 percent clay and 15 percent silt.

– Grounds crew guys get paid around $21/hour.

Now how do I mow the NY Mets insignia into my front lawn?

[June 28, 2008 2:28 PM]  |  link  |  reply
Darryl said

Nice photo. Reminds me I got to vote.

[August 1, 2008 6:33 PM]  |  link  |  reply
anonymous said

for that you would need to have a mower with a roller on the back to lay down the grass

[October 4, 2008 1:50 AM]  |  link  |  reply
Mr Beefy said

what type of grass grows at shea? id like to but some seed for my lawn???

[February 1, 2009 10:49 AM]  |  link  |  reply
Jason said

The grass at shea/citi field is Kentucky Bluegrass. mowed at 1 inch

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