Beacon Athletics Diamond DaVincis

Let's talk ballfields.

This podcast is dedicated to the artistry and science of sports field management. Diamond Davincis celebrates the men and women in the sports field industry whose fields are their canvas. This podcast will discuss ballfields and their artists at all levels — from the little leagues to the bigs, and everywhere in between. From time to time we may venture into the world of football and soccer groundskeeping. Golf? Forget about it! They have their own shows. We hope to educate, inform and entertain you with interviews from around the sports field management industry. Give your mind a break while working on your fields and give us a listen. Email questions directly to

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Lord of the All-Star Game (July 16, 2015)

On this ‘stress-full’ edition of the podcast we interview Steve Lord, Head Groundskeeper for the Cincinnati Reds about his preparations for the Major League Baseball All-Star Game. We also talk about strategies for dealing with summer stress and event stress on multiple types of fields.


Lord of the All-Star Game (July 16, 2015)

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Special Mini-Cast: Tarpzilla!
Today’s episode is all about STRESS. In our Groundskeeper U segment we talk about strategies for dealing with summer stresses as well as the current weather situation in the US. Then in the Outta the Park interview we walk with Steve Lord, Head Groundskeeper of the Cincinnati Reds. This is his first season as a Head Groundskeeper in the Major Leagues but he has years of experience dealing with high-stress and high-visibility events. We tie-up our thoughts on stress with a High-Low discussion on how strategies change with budget size for the special stresses of special events.

Segments: Groundskeeper U, Outta the Park, High-Low

Guests: Steve Lord, Head Groundskeeper Cincinnati Reds

▶ Groundskeeper U
*Pictures of Brown Patch in Tall Fescue:
*Brown Patch in Bluegrass and Pythium in Tall Fescue:
*Pythium ID in multiple grasses: NCSU Turffiles
*US Summer Weather patterns and expectations: The Vane

▶ Outta the Park

▶ High-Low

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