grounds crew at Great American Ball Park (GABP) has dealt with a lot of rain the
entire week. So much rain, they've had to bring in extra ground crew
members just to keep up.
"It's been pretty awful," Great American Ball Park Director of Operations Sean Brown told FOX19's Cory Stark.
doesn't take many words to sum up the week for the Reds Operations' staff.
On Monday evening, the Reds game was called in the 6th inning due to continuing rain.
up having some flooding issues in our umpire's tunnel, a foot of water in the
tunnel, about 8 inches off the visitors batting tunnel, and about 6 inches on
the Reds sprint track that leads down to the Reds' batting cage," said Brown.
"As bad as
Monday was, Tuesday was just the opposite. It was great seeing Homer out there," said Brown.
groundskeeper Doug Gallant says this weather has caused him a lot of stress.
"It's frustrating, and I just think here we go again. Everybody is tired, everybody is just ready to have a string of 75 degree days and no clouds at
all," said Gallant.
the grounds crew has done this week to keep the field ready hasn't gone
"They're great people. You have to understand if that field is not
ready, it's going to be tough, and their job is really great. We're happy to say
we have that grounds crew," said Cincinnati Reds third basemen Todd Frazier.
"It's not an easy job when they haven't even had a day to dry things
out, but they always do a good job, and the field is always in good shape," said catcher Ryan Hanigan.
will take on the Mariners this weekend, and unfortunately, there's a good chance
"I'm a young guy, and I've got a fair amount of gray hair already, and I attribute
that to the weather," said Brown.
this weekend's series with the Mariners, the Reds are away from Great American Ball Park for 12 days. Perhaps the grounds crew will get a little break.