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The Twins are worried about their field after a July 12 Kenny Chesney concert

Jul 18, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

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A lot of ballparks host concerts during the season. It always has at least some impact on the field. Usually outfield grass, which takes a bit of a beating.  The Twins are particularly worried about the state of their field in the wake of a Kenny Chesney concert which took place at Target Field last week.

They just laid new sod and are worried about it taking in advance of a coming heat wave. Following the home series against Cleveland, however, they hit the road for a while so if it’s subpar this weekend they have time to fix it up.

The lesson: Kenny Chesney ruins everything.

  1. Bryz - Jul 18, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    @TCGroundsCrew has some pictures of the dead sod and the work they’re doing to fix up the field. In the first regard, here’s a sampling.

    • flosox - Jul 18, 2013 at 3:23 PM

      The Twins Grounds Crew has a twitter account? This Twitter stuff has officially gone far enough…

  2. alang3131982 - Jul 18, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    Honky TONKIN!

  3. asimonetti88 - Jul 18, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    Didn’t the Pittsburgh Steelers have issues after a Chesney concert a couple weeks ago too? Seems like a lot of trouble for a country singer.

    • gdobs227 - Jul 18, 2013 at 1:05 PM

      Yep, this is what his fans left behind after the show.

      https://fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-frc1/p480x480/1013540_434794696619900_742372255_n.jpg

      • asimonetti88 - Jul 18, 2013 at 1:12 PM

        Geez. I go to Coachella every year, which is a whole weekend as opposed to one day. And even then it’s not that bad afterward!

      • 7ransponder - Jul 18, 2013 at 1:30 PM

        Country fans are apparently slobs.

      • mybrunoblog - Jul 18, 2013 at 3:00 PM

        I’ve read that there were not nearly enough trash receptacles. If there aren’t enough trash bins then that’s where garbage lands.

      • caeser12 - Jul 18, 2013 at 4:13 PM

        Are you sure that isn’t a pic of one of his fans front yard.

    • km9000 - Jul 18, 2013 at 1:34 PM

      Didn’t U2 leave a similar trail of chaos and destruction during a string of US stadium concerts a while back?

      • sumerduckman - Jul 18, 2013 at 2:32 PM

        I know a couple of folks who worked for years across the street from a well known concert venue.
        Which acts fans left the biggest mess ? Not Ozzfest, Lollapalooza or any of the country acts. Biggest mess by far, hands down winner….. the annual Jimmy Buffett show.

  4. beerjunkie - Jul 18, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    Kenny who ?

    • eightyraw - Jul 18, 2013 at 1:40 PM

      What’s the point of this comment? Are we supposed to be impressed that you’ve never heard of one of the most popular recording artists of this millennium?

    • stlouis1baseball - Jul 18, 2013 at 2:20 PM

      Seriously? Dude…you just started posting and out of the 3 or 4 posts I have bothered to read thus far…NONE have been even remotely positive.

      Qualification:
      I loathe Country music.
      I also loathe commenters who are perpetually miserable and/or negative.

  5. heyblueyoustink - Jul 18, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    Groundskeeper: ” Great googly moogly “

  6. lroc20 - Jul 18, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    Not blog worthy. Get a life Craig if you cant come up with an original entertaining thought

    • heyblueyoustink - Jul 18, 2013 at 2:01 PM

      Please tell me you really drive an Iroc. And that you have a mullet and a mustache.

      • stlouis1baseball - Jul 18, 2013 at 2:18 PM

        Just for the record…I have one of the three things you referenced.

      • heyblueyoustink - Jul 18, 2013 at 2:27 PM

        As long as you don’t have all three of the unholy trinity, I think that’s acceptable.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 18, 2013 at 2:27 PM

        ooooooh, pick me pick me pick me

        I go with mustache!

      • stlouis1baseball - Jul 18, 2013 at 2:34 PM

        Church is the winner! But it is also connected to a goatee…so I don’t know if it counts.

      • heyblueyoustink - Jul 18, 2013 at 2:45 PM

        Nope, that’s different. So you get a pass there. Not that there’s anything wrong with a mustache mind you.

        I wanted to grow a mustache for our I.D. badge photo day here, but they kept the date in secret until the day before.

    • km9000 - Jul 18, 2013 at 2:53 PM

      I dunno, Craig’s the only one getting paid to hang out around here…

  7. senioreditor2 - Jul 18, 2013 at 1:37 PM

    They’re 14 games under .500 and 12 games behind and they’re worried about the field?

    • albertmn - Jul 18, 2013 at 1:47 PM

      So, if your favorite team comes in to play at Target Field, and your favorite player blows out his knee on bad sod, do we have a promise to NOT hear from you, since the field isn’t a concern?

      • heyblueyoustink - Jul 18, 2013 at 2:02 PM

        Wouldn’t the Twins have to hit something out of the infield for that scenario to play out?

      • senioreditor2 - Jul 18, 2013 at 2:52 PM

        I’m a Dodger fan, we’re constantly injured on perfect turf.

      • caeser12 - Jul 18, 2013 at 4:15 PM

        My Yanks would just show up, see the field, and get injured.

    • brownsguy44138 - Jul 18, 2013 at 3:28 PM

      The Indians play three games on that field on Friday and are in second place and only 1.5 games behind Detroit and a wild card spot. They should be worried about that field and the playing conditions.

  8. missthemexpos - Jul 18, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    Twins should be more concerned with the product they have been putting on the field these last few years.

    • albertmn - Jul 18, 2013 at 1:51 PM

      Big talk coming from an obviously former Expos fan. One division title in their entire existence as the Expos. At least the Twins have two World Series trophies, even if it has been forever. And, many are calling their farm system one of the ones with the most talent currently, so the Twins have that going for them.

      • km9000 - Jul 18, 2013 at 3:07 PM

        If I ever write a screenplay, I’m gonna add the line “Big talk, coming from an Expos fan!” no matter how convoluted.

      • missthemexpos - Jul 18, 2013 at 3:19 PM

        The perfect reply to ” Go ahead, make my day”.

  9. bigtimepackfan - Jul 18, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    Should we expect anything more from goat ropers, they prob had pickup trucks with 14 of there buddies in the back of it, tearing up the field. Goat roping, line dancing, devil worshipping rednecks.

    • stlouis1baseball - Jul 18, 2013 at 2:23 PM

      And yet…I guarantee you they are a lot more fun to party with than you.

  10. JB (the original) - Jul 18, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    What Twins Fans should be worried about is that the Pohlad’s nefarious plans are starting to come together. If you noticed, 2/5’s of the Twins 2014 starting pitching staff were released by their teams today; Jose Contreras and Jair Jurrjens are now both available…..

    • Bryz - Jul 18, 2013 at 5:38 PM

      Except Contreras hasn’t started in years. The Twins also could have had Jurrjens this year but passed.

      I know I’m taking your comment more seriously than I should be, but… aw, I’m too lazy to even justify myself.

  11. brownsguy44138 - Jul 18, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    It seems like we read this story every year, just insert different stadiums each year. I recall a giant dead patch in the outfield after a concert at Fenway a few years back, Wrigley hosting a concert and the field being unplayable and countless minor league parks having the same issue.

    Why can’t we just hold off on concerts at baseball stadiums with natural grass until the season is over? If you had to have an outdoor stadium concert, couldn’t you use TCF Bank Stadium where the Gophers play?

  12. rcali - Jul 18, 2013 at 3:45 PM

    I’m sorry, do they mean the Taxpayes field? Ha, here for a second I thought the Club thought they actually owned the field.

    • nightman13 - Jul 18, 2013 at 4:03 PM

      Amazing how people freak out about raising taxes for schools, roads, bridges, sewer systems, etc but most people are ok with raising taxes to pay for billionaires’ playthings and then facing higher ticket prices to attend events in those things they paid for.

  13. jemihami - Jul 18, 2013 at 4:09 PM

    C’mon! A Kenny Chesney “sausage-fest” ruined the grass? There must have been a lot of hot man-on-man action.

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