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“United at the Seams – Divided by Country!” Congrats to the 2013 WBC Groundcrews


???????????????????????????????With Rounds 1 and 2 coming to a close there have been some great stories and awesome competition during the first 2 weeks of the WBC.   The Games in PR were packed as were the game sin Japan.  Country pride says a lot for each of the teams competing.  I love the ground crew T-Shirts  in Taichung.  “United at the seams divided by country.”     In our case its more united by the rake…  nevertheless a pretty cool T-shirt.   The fields have played well all the way around so far.    Some really hard work by each of the crews and the local staffs in each country.     Looking forward to seeing some photos from our US ballparks that hosted some of the first round action.

2013 WBC - Tokyo Dome 035Chad Olsen has been overseeing our Japan fields, Kevin Moses,  Joe and Darrell  in Taichung and Chad K.,  Dennis and myself in San Juan along with some help from Eric, and Anthony.    Our groundcrew  in San Jaun had the tarp down to a mere 1:30 seconds.    With rains threatening almost everyday we were able to get everything in with only a slight delay on opening night.    Tough to do when  NOAA‘s  satellite services were down for a few days but they were so pumped to to a great job it made it easy.

???????????????????????????????A big thank you goes out to Deborah Martorell Meteorologist at WAPA.   She really helped us out with some accurate info until the NOAA satellite radar came back up.   Onto round two in Miami and the final in SF.     Good luck guys!

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MLB All Star Tour in Taiwan shifts to Taichung City


Taiwan is a small island with 16 baseball stadiums.  Some of the parks are Triple A level and could host major baseball events.  Couple that with baseball crazed fans and you have a wonderful fun-loving culture of baseball.   Today we headed south to play in Taichung after completing a rain shortened game the night before in Zingzuan Stadium, New Taipei City. Photo above are the guys from Zingzuan.  great group and a great job buy the youth baseball team. 

The All Stars are 2-0 and last night’s game in Taichung’s intercontinental field was a close one up to the final couple innings before the MLB guys scored a couple making it 5-3,

Checked out the Pig on a spit in the stands. Literally right behind in the mid level seats section. Open fire in the stands, the works.   A real ballpark pig pickin!

Many of you know that Taiwan is considered the land of the scooters.  There are millions on the road daily outnumbering cars 3 to 1.  Well it appears Mr. Morse from the Nationals was inspired and picked up a scooter helmet which he was sporting during BP.  These guys are really having fun.  It’s a good mix. 

Fields are holding up.  Infields are soft due to the lack of clay on the island which is requiring extra dragging and watering and rolling etc… but the guys are doing a great job.  Greg ( Jones) , Eric and Ryan.  Keep it up!

Taiwan’s Ballparks Prepare for 2011 MLB All-Star Tour


The MLB All Stars arrive this Sunday in Taiwan to play the Chinese Taipei National Team in a 5 game series at 3 ballparks across the country.   Xinzhuang Baseball Stadium in Taipei, Intercontinental Stadium in Taichung and Kaohsiung National Stadium in Kaohsiung will each host games.  With a practice session on Monday in Zinzhuang  and a game on Tuesday we have been pretty busy helping our friends in Taiwan prepare the fields and ballparks for the event.  The last All star tour was in Japan , I believe in 2006 and I can’t recall the last MLB All star tour that was in  Taiwan however we did play a couple Dodger Games here last year. 

The Xinzhuang Baseball  has hosted several World Cup Baseball events dating back to when I was here in 2001.  They actually had an all clay  infield  that first series. Coming back in 2007 for the Baseball world Cup they replaced the infield clay with grass and upgraded maintenance etc..  Its an older park better known as Xinzhuang Baseball “Court” in New Taipei City.  They also call it Taipei City stadium and seats about 14000.

The Intercontinental Stadium in Taichung is a larger ballpark at about 19000 and has seen numerous Major events.  A unique design of an iron sculpture arcs over the stadium. It’s a natural turf field as well with typical 330 distances down the lines and 400 to center but this ballpark plays big.  Taichung has 2 other stadiums that are also pretty nice.C Chengcing Stadium  in Kaohsiung hosted the Dodgers series last year and is also ongoing some minor upgrades for this event. The largest park of the series at 25000 it will see the final two games of the event. We have had  a few guys seasoned vets working the parks helping preparations. Greg Jones from the revolution ballpark is in Taichung, Ryan Woodley from the Staten Island Yankees Ballpark in Kaohsiung and Eric Ogden who helped us with the 2007 World Cup in Europe and Daytona Beach.

Having worked numerous tournaments here in Taiwan the people are crazy about the game .  Its going to be a fun event and the country is really excited to see these games.

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