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First and foremost, Congrats to the Boston Red Sox on their 2013 WCS victory as well as my good friend David Mellor and his groundcrew. It was a great series.
Although the series has just ended field renovations have been underway in numerous places preparing for the 2014 season. Its a busy year for us with renovations in Lancaster and Tennessee. Also ongoing new construction in Amsterdam at the Pioniers new complex and in Australia as they prepare for the ABL season openers next next week. Not to mention a major renovation at the SCG for the 2014 MLB Opener. Hoping mother nature is good to all the contractors.
Lancaster was still “looking” OK , but after a field sees 8-10 years of high use it needs to be resurfaced because rain water begins to drain more slowly through the profile due to all the organic matter that develops over the years. The main reason it has performed so well has been the great turf managers that have taken care of the field. Anthony DeFao and Josh Viet…Two guys in 10 years. The field’s successful performance over the years reflects their hard work and dedication. The ODP group has always supported our efforts in in building and managing their fields.
Finishing touches in Hoofddorp on the Pioniers new sport complex. The main stadium field is going to be a real gem. The folks in Amsterdam had a big storm recently and some of the warning track mix washed onto the field. In an effort to remove the very small gravel they broke out the vacuum cleaners. That’s commitment!
My Ausie friends have the travel thing down pat! Let me explain. After a day of meetings in Sydney on Thursday, we had a long travel day planned on friday beginning with a flight from Sydney to Melbourne. its a 645am departure from one of the busiest airports on the Pacific rim. Im thinking 4:00 am pick up and at the airport at 430. Tom says nope see you at 545am.. I was a bit skeptical
545am – Tom picks me up at hotel in downtown Sydney to drive to airport
6:00am- Arrive at avis to return the rental car
6:05am- enter terminal and go through security screening ( with my belt, shoes, socks…and NO BOARDING PASS)
610am- enter Qantas lounge. Pick up boarding pass and dine on a breakfast buffet that was outstanding
625am- Walk to gate
630am- take seat (on a full flight)
Flight departs at 645am on time. Over a course of 1 hour and not even having to rush the experience was amazing! I really liked the fact they allow anyone to pass security without a boarding pass. You can bring your friends, have meetings in the airport, family can meet you at the gate etc…
Traveling around Australia this week reminded me of the air travel we enjoyed before 9/11 changed our countries transportation system. We live in a safer world because of our security systems which I support but one can only wish we could some day return to a simpler way of flying with ”no worries” .