The World Diamond is Flat

"Jack Abramoff gave to both Republicans and Democrats" – Katie Couric

"Certainly, the infield at Fenway is notoriously bad." – YF

What do these statements have in common?  Well, they have both been casually bandied about in the mainstream media and the blogosphere.  The other thing they share?  They’re not true.  YF threw out the charge about the Fenway infield in an earlier comment, but this article by the increasingly influential Rob Bradford spells out exactly what was done to the Boston diamond over the 2004 offseason.  USGA grade sand, a laser-leveled surface, a new drainage system all were put in place to deal with the idiosyncracies of the previously rocky Fenway infield.  Complaints were few and far between last year because of the massive improvements, particularly from Mr. Thumbs out at the shortstop position.  According to the Sox’ head groundskeeper David Mellor, Renteria remained silent until after the season was over, either out of politeness or, perhaps, simple ennui.  He must have preferred instead to speak with his glove. Not very well said, Edgar.

5 comments… add one

  • Jeter and Chavez are among the many players who have complained about that infield in recent years, so it is notorious. Whether it still sucks or not, I have no idea.

    YF February 2, 2006, 10:46 am
  • And with the premise that the diamond is flat, SF goes on to write a 400 page pseudo analysis of globalization and its dis–strike that– contents, which mixes and matches baseball and Blackberry metaphors. SF, please tell me you’re not Thomas Friedman!

    Nick February 2, 2006, 11:07 am
  • No takers on “Mr. Thumbs” for Rent’s Baseball Encyclopedia nickname? It’s much more dignified than “Renterrhea” (my previous fave). Right?

    SF February 2, 2006, 12:09 pm
  • Yeah, all nicknames aside – maybe the problem was one of the extra chins Rentaerror acquired in the offseason before coming to Boston. It’s probably pretty hard to get to the balls you normally get to, or bend over to snag the ones coming right at you if you put on an extra fifty pounds going into the season.

    Brad February 2, 2006, 3:35 pm
  • And, since I have walked on the infield at the Fens, I know it’s not nearly as bad as some says it is. That may be because I’ve never played on a ML field, and mostly every field I’ve ever played on is second rate when compared, but it seemed glorious to me.
    But, who am I to question Jeter or Chavez – two guys that have NEVER had trouble getting to and cleanly fieding balls when playing at Fenway?

    Brad February 2, 2006, 3:39 pm

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