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Busch Stadium outfield grass got thorough beating Saturday during FCS college football game

Sep 22, 2013, 10:37 AM EDT

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For whatever reason — money? — the Cardinals decided to let Football Championship Series (FCS) schools Southern Illinois University and Southeast Missouri State University play a college football game Saturday afternoon on the outfield grass at Busch Stadium in downtown St. Louis. The game was attended by only 14,618 and it left the field at “Baseball Heaven” in need of a full sod replacement.

Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch was on the scene and wrote about the damage:

Worst case: Pretty much what happened. Thursday night’s rain and Friday’s day-long soaker followed an extended smoldering and dry period that had left the outfield a slip-and-slide zone. Conditions were dicey enough that the Cardinals and the two schools discussed canceling the event, which would have forced SEMO to host the game Sunday. Recent flooding in Colorado imperiled some grass farms just as the Cardinals decided they would need 13 truckloads of sod.

Head groundskeeper Bill Findley is racing against the clock to get the field back into baseball shape with the Cards due back in town Monday for the start of a six-game season-ending homestand against the Nationals and Cubs. Postseason games will follow, and over 100,000 square feet of new grass has to take hold.

Matt Holliday spoke openly about his opinion of the event Saturday to lead beat writer Derrick Goold of the Post-Dispatch: “It was already kicking up when the baseball players were on it,” said the Cardinals’ starting left fielder. “It’s something you think about — the condition of the field, how it’s going to play and what a football game would do to that. And you think about at this point of the season, being in a pennant chase and the timing of it. You don’t want anything to keep the field from being at its best.”

  1. Old Gator - Sep 22, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    The answer is sheep.

    • The Common Man - Sep 22, 2013 at 11:21 AM

      That’s your answer for everything.

      • Old Gator - Sep 22, 2013 at 12:24 PM

        Not everything. I do accept – difficult as it is – that you can’t make one of those horrible horsemeat and Velveeta™ sandwiches from mutton.

      • stlouis1baseball - Sep 23, 2013 at 2:51 PM

        That’s his answer because he finds they are easier to stump break.

  2. perryt200 - Sep 22, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    On a side note, for all of us that think the Cardinals don’t get the props here they deserve you would think that Matt Carpenter passing Stan The Man for a franchise record left hander single season doubles would rate a blurb.

    • forsch31 - Sep 22, 2013 at 12:06 PM

      “left handed single season doubles franchise record” That’s a lot of qualifiers for a record, and that’s why you didn’t see it here. It’s not a Cardinals blog.

      • historiophiliac - Sep 22, 2013 at 12:12 PM

        You’re hurting Tim McCarver’s feelings.

      • Old Gator - Sep 22, 2013 at 12:25 PM

        You can’t hurt McCarver’s feelings as long as the Union still won the Civil War.

      • historiophiliac - Sep 22, 2013 at 1:32 PM

        Hrmph. McCarver is no Old Hoss.

      • Old Gator - Sep 22, 2013 at 2:15 PM

        No, but he seems to think he’s the second coming of Shelby Foote.

    • paperlions - Sep 22, 2013 at 12:42 PM

      As a fellow Cardinal fan, I implore you not to resort to whining about our team’s coverage on a national blog. Please.

    • Drew Silva - Sep 22, 2013 at 1:07 PM

      I live in St. Louis and I write posts about the Cardinals on here all the time. Probably too often, really.

    • mrpinkca - Sep 22, 2013 at 1:24 PM

      I agree with the first half of that sentence completely. Whenever I do word association with MLB teams and I get to the Cardinals I think “under appreciated by the media”

    • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Sep 22, 2013 at 6:42 PM

      I’m glad you chimed in with this. I can always use a little inspiration in my lifelong quest to dislike Cardinals fans as a collective unit as much as possible.

    • stlouis1baseball - Sep 23, 2013 at 2:53 PM

      Also as a Cardinals fan…
      “I implore you not to resort to whining about our team’s coverage on a national blog. Please.”

  3. historiophiliac - Sep 22, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    This seems not the brightest of ideas, Cards.

    • paperlions - Sep 22, 2013 at 12:47 PM

      It wasn’t even the second brightest idea and really seems to be about a “cotton thread filament” level of brightness

    • stlouis1baseball - Sep 23, 2013 at 2:54 PM

      Not only…not the brightest…it’s quite stupid really.

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