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May 2, 2016
slippinjimmy
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Brickyard results

The field conditions dictated that this tournament should not have been played. While the directors and staff put in a lot of work to make the games happen, what we ended up with was a disaster. Infields were a muddy, sloppy mess and outfields were filled with standing water. I saw a fairly well hit ground ball to third hit the huge puddle of water in front of the third baseman and stop. I saw an outfielder take two steps in to catch an easy fly ball and when he stopped, both feet went into the air and he splashed down on his back. I saw another outfielder splayed out in the muck after chasing a ball into the slop pit otherwise known as a warning track.

To say we got 90% of the games in may be technically accurate for the tournament directors, but what the players got was not 90% of what they paid for. Any one slogging through the mud on the base paths on that field had to be more conscious of not slipping and falling than of actually trying to run. Outfielders were running around the deeper pools of water when chasing down balls.
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