Chicago Sox get frozen grounds ready for baseball

After a long, brutal winter, the boys of summer and U.S. Cellular Field are ready for baseball.
March 26, 2014 3:18:48 PM PDT
The Chicago White Sox players are getting ready to play ball- and prepping their frozen turf at U.S. Cellular Field.

It may feel like winter, but next Monday the boys of summer take to the field in the White Sox home opener against the Minnesota Twins.

"Our field is going to be ready, we're just hoping that as the players get here, they'll be ready as well," Brooks Boyer, White Sox, said.

Getting the field ready was no small feat. Just nine days ago, Sox Park was covered in snow and ice. Groundskeepers used a tarp over heaters that pumped hot air on to the field to thaw it out.

"You're going to see a great baseball game, but you're also going to have great food, great entertainment. And our jobs are to make sure people walk out win or lose, and say, 'Wow, I had a great time,'" Boyer said.

The White Sox have a new restaurant on the concourse and an expanded menu that includes bacon-on-a-stick.

"It seems like it's going to be a winner. Seems very easy to carry, so you can have your beverage in one hand and your bacon in the other," Joe Nigro, Delaware North Sportservice, said.

Lori Moreland, playing the organ her fourth season, has her playlist ready.

"I have my two teenage boys, which keeps me on top of things and tell me when something's not cool or ok to play," Moreland said.

The White Sox groundskeeper estimated his crew removed more than 400-tons of snow from the field, which took a while since they had to be careful not to damage it.


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