When we first broke the news that the Rays were considering a switch from FieldTurf to AstroTurf for the 2011 season, the Rays told us they were “studying the possibility of AstroTurf’s offer.” Well it turns out that the “offer” was too good to pass up.
How good? Free.
Robert Trigauz reports that the Rays and Blue Jays got their new fields for free. When Major League Baseball asked FieldTurf if they would make a similar offer, FieldTurf said “no thanks.”
And now that 100 percent of the artificial turf fields in MLB are AstroTurf, it shows that 100 percent of the decision makers at FieldTurf are idiots. It was two fields! FieldTurf couldn’t sacrifice turf for two fields to have the publicity of being the only turf of MLB? Idiots.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Marc Topkin says JP Howell has added “nearly 30 pounds of mostly muscle.” [The Heater]
- Here is an interesting and fun look at the history of the Rays’ Spring Training roster sizes and how this year stacks up to previous years. [The Ray Area]
- Dan Wheeler talks about moving to the other side of the Rays-Red Sox rivalry. [ESPN Boston]
- There is a high school in the Virgin Islands with “Devil Rays” as a mascot. Apparently they didn’t get the memo from Matt Silverman. [Ivanna Eudora Kean HS]