Preparing for the 2008 Olympic Qualifier in Taiwan
We have been preparing for a crazy month in Asia for the past several weeks. The first tournament to start is in Taichung, Taiwan March 7-14. IBAF is hosting the final Olympic qualifier for the 2008 Beijing Games. Eight teams are competing for 3 slots. Favorites are Australia, Canada, Mexico and obviously Taiwan and Japan. Over 40 minor league players from the states will be playing for there country during the tournament.
Brandon Putnam, Sportsturf manager for the York Revolution is overseeing the stadium in the city of Tio Liu which is about 45 minutes outside of Taichung. Jeff Nancarrow sportsturf manager for the Charles County Bluecrabs is holding down the fort at the Intercontinental stadium in Taichung. I would have to say the ballpark in Tio Liu is probably the finest outdoor stadium in all of Asia. From the seating bowl to locker rooms the ballpark is comparable to a triple A park in the states. intercontinental stadium is nice as well.
Erik Frye is preparing the field in Beijing for the Padres vs Dodgers exhibition series which takes place in about 12 days. Weather is looking better as the temperatures are currently slated to be in the low 60′s. More to come on this project as we get a little closer. We still have the plastic on the field trying to trick the ryegrass that its really warmer than it thinks. It comes off today!