Special Mini-Cast: Tarpzilla! (July 16, 2015)
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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.
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”