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Here’s the dirt on the Mets’ infield

Mar 3, 2011, 9:33 AM EST

Citi Field

No, really: the actual dirt:

About two weeks before the players reported for spring training in February, a firm called Natural Sand Company trucked in two loads of dark, brown clay from its mine in central Pennsylvania and, with the assistance of the grounds crew here, completely renovated the infield skin at the main stadium, creating virtually the same infield surface used at Citi Field in Queens.

This may not be the most important article on the planet, but I really dug it because it taught me stuff I didn’t know. Stuff like players tend to think that Citi Field has the best infield in the majors, which is kind of neat to know.  And stuff like the dirt portion of a baseball diamond covers 11,000 square feet.

Don’t look at me like that. I just like trivia, OK?

  1. bigharold - Mar 3, 2011 at 9:39 AM

    “Citi Field has the best infield in the majors, ..”

    As in dirt, .. not necessarily when the Mets infielders are on it right?

  2. uyf1950 - Mar 3, 2011 at 9:41 AM

    I hope the company got paid in advance.

  3. BC - Mar 3, 2011 at 10:01 AM

    I assume they made the Mets pay cash?

    • sdelmonte - Mar 3, 2011 at 11:52 AM

      Why should they be paying Dave Cash? Or do you mean Norm Cash?

      Or maybe just Don Money.

  4. clydeserra - Mar 3, 2011 at 12:47 PM

    Awesome.

  5. mrfloydpink - Mar 3, 2011 at 8:07 PM

    So a hitter who wants to get a ball past Derek Jeter has only 10,800 square feet to work with?

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