One thing I’ve always loved about AT&T Park was a refusal to stripe the outfield.  It’s just plain green. Why does it need to be anything else?

Sure, it’s a neat trick.  There’s not many tricks that groundskeepers can do to get attention.  That trick is one of the few.  And some get downright artistic.  Others, not so much.  (I remember a rather lame looking squirrel-figure shaved into the grass in Richmond during the Flying Squirrels’ first season there.  It was a month or so after the season had started, and it took me several minutes of squinting my eyes to figure out just what it was.)

But at so many parks, the view starts to be like trying to watch a computer screen through polarized sunglasses.  It’s distracting.  It takes away from the game.

At AT&T?  Almost never.  On the few exceptions something is carved into the grass, it’s a symbol of some sort rather than a pattern.  Like a ribbon on ‘When There’s A Cure Day.’  Or the All-Star Logo for the All-Star game.

These in-season concerts and football games ruin that solid sheen of green grass.  It’s very annoying.  It plays wrong.  I mean, yea, yea, Papa Baer has to make his ownership group money, but can’t there be something done about this when it happens?  Like more patches of replacement grass ready to be transplanted in?

It’s ugly.  Ugly like the Giants defense a couple of weeks ago.  Ugly like Brandon Belt and Nate Schierholtz swinging at sliders in the dirt and taking fastballs over the plate.

But…but no, I’m not going to get into that.  That’ll make me angry.  And you wouldn’t like me when I’m angry.