Purgatory Online

Monday, October 21, 2002

J.T. Snow says the infield warning track at Edison Field sucks, and doesn't get much of an argument from anyone. Snow, of course, used to play first base for the Angels, but was traded before the new rubberized track went in, so it must have come as a nasty shock to him to find himself falling down and going boom in Game 1. I give him a lot of credit for sticking with the ball, although it looked like Santiago probably would have caught it anyway.

It's interesting to think of such a thing as being part of the home-field advantage - from the article, Glaus clearly has an idea of how to approach making plays on the track. I've always had a soft spot in my heart for dirty groundskeeping tricks, including the rumors that various clubs that played their home games in domes would turn the air conditioning on and off to create advantages for their pitchers and hitters. The most famous groundskeepers in baseball history have probably been the Bossards, who have been working for the White Sox, Indians, and others for decades. And if the Giants have a mind to rig Pac Bell, they've got a pretty savvy groundskeeper at their disposal, too.