Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post has a story about the challenges groundskeepers are facing this spring given all of the cold and snow that hit the northeast and midwest this past winter. Especially late this winter during a time when, typically, prep work for the upcoming season begins.
For example, they’re putting in new sod at Nationals Park. But due to the record cold February, the work on that had to be delayed a bit:
“I’ve never been in a situation where you’re putting a field in three weeks before your season,” Turnour said. “So there’s a lot of stress with that, not knowing what to expect.
So if Bryce Harper slips and falls while fielding a ball on Opening Day, there’s at least a slight chance it’s not him trying to trick a runner into taking an extra base.