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 podcast@beaconathletics.com.

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This special edition podcast specifically addresses the recent tarp incidents with the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Colorado Rockies. Tarps can be dangerous – we talk with Ross Kurcab (former Head Groundskeeper, Denver Broncos) and Tom Burns (former Head Groundskeeper, Texas Rangers) about potential solutions for protecting both the crew and the fields under dangerous weather conditions.

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Tarpzilla?

In the last few weeks there have been two high-profile tarp incidents that were dangerous for the crews and even the well meaning players who tried to help with the out-of-control tarps. Paul and Theresa sit down with two former groundskeepers to get to the meat of the tarp problem. Are today’s groundskeepers being asked to risk their crew’s safety to prevent pitching or financial losses from a longer game delay, is the ubiquity of cameras and camera phones making this seem like a more of a problem than it actually is, or is this a combination of both?

Guests: Tom Burns (Diamond Pro, Former Head Groundskeeper for the Texas Rangers) and Ross Kurcab (Championship Turf, Former Head Groundskeeper for the Denver Broncos) join us to discuss where the problems stem from and possibilities for solutions.

Recent tarp incidents:
Pittsburgh Pirates (YouTube)
Colorado Rockies (YouTube)

A quick YouTube search brings up numerous examples of what Paul calls “Tarps Gone Wild,” here are a few of the more dramatic examples.
New York Yankees, 2014 This video really hammers home the dangerous weather situation the crew was put in
Texas Rangers, 2013
Salem Red Sox, 2013 (single A affiliate) This one really hits home for Theresa who has worked multiple seasons at this park
Joliet Slammers, 2012 (Independent, Frontier League) Titled: “Tarp Takes Out Entire Grounds Crew”
Kansas City Royals, 2011 It’s amazing how close this crew member came to real trouble
Different angle, Kansas, 2011
Kansas City Royals, 2011 A completely different incident where the crew member isn’t nearly as lucky
Colorado Rockies, 2007 When the visiting Phillies jumped in to help
Colorado Rockies, 2007 Fan point of view of the same incident
St. Louis Cardinals, 1985 Newspaper story chronicling the severe injury of a grounds crew member during a tarp incident. Cardinals’ third baseman Terry Pendleton stated, “I was just turning around [when] I heard this scream and the thing just swallowed him up”