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chisoxmike
04-06-2004, 11:49 PM
I was watching highlights of the Twins game, and they replaced the turf with what looks to be grass.

mweflen
04-07-2004, 12:06 AM
it's supposed to be the same "grassier" artificial turf that the D-Rays have at Tropicana.

Fine with me. Anything to change the way the Huber H. Hefty Cinch Sack Dome plays.

fhqwhgads
04-07-2004, 12:50 AM
It plays slow. Really slow. Slower-than-natural-grass slow. Swinging-bunts-dying-20-feet-from-home-plate slow. It will take a while to adjust.

It took me about 10 minutes at the Dome to realize the second-biggest visual difference the new turf makes (aside from the color): No yard-lines from the Vikes yet. :D:

Nick@Nite
04-07-2004, 04:03 AM
You can't polish a turd. :smile:

RedPinStripes
04-07-2004, 04:52 AM
Originally posted by Nick@Nite
You can't polish a turd. :smile:

LOL! Not what i wanted to read with my breakfast, but funny.

Iguana775
04-07-2004, 07:27 AM
Originally posted by Nick@Nite
You can't polish a turd. :smile:

sure you can. just dry it out and throw some Armor All on it! Lol. :)

Railsplitter
04-07-2004, 07:27 AM
Actually, it looks more like a the world's largest door mat! We can only hope.

mantis1212
04-07-2004, 08:57 AM
I think this is great. The Twins just removed one of their biggest advantages

sas1974
04-07-2004, 09:41 AM
Originally posted by mantis1212
I think this is great. The Twins just removed one of their biggest advantages

Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to be bothering them yet.

batmanZoSo
04-07-2004, 10:00 AM
Originally posted by sas1974
Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to be bothering them yet.

Oh I'm sure the Twins will adjust beatifully and effortlessly.

I can visualize quotes in the Suntimes beat articles of Sox players complaining about it. How they aren't used to it.

Mickster
04-07-2004, 10:08 AM
Dimitri Young just broke his leg on it. Got a cleat caught while trying to slide int 2nd base. Out 6 weeks....

sas1974
04-07-2004, 10:10 AM
Originally posted by Mickster
Dimitri Young just broke his leg on it. Got a cleat caught while trying to slide int 2nd base. Out 6 weeks....

Wasn't that at Sky Dome?

Mickster
04-07-2004, 10:12 AM
U R right. My bad... I'm :?:

mantis1212
04-07-2004, 10:26 AM
Originally posted by sas1974
Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to be bothering them yet.

I read that Torii Hunter and Joe Mauer both got injured in yesterday's game. Did anyone see how they got injured and if possibly this new turf had anything to do with it?

fhqwhgads
04-07-2004, 10:30 AM
Originally posted by mantis1212
I read that Torii Hunter and Joe Mauer both got injured in yesterday's game. Did anyone see how they got injured and if possibly this new turf had anything to do with it?

Mauer was injured diving for a foul pop (aggravated it rounding third in the next inning).

Hunter pulled his hammy rounding first on a single.

Doesn't sound turf-related...

sas1974
04-07-2004, 10:30 AM
Originally posted by mantis1212
I read that Torii Hunter and Joe Mauer both got injured in yesterday's game. Did anyone see how they got injured and if possibly this new turf had anything to do with it?

Not sure about Torii, but I believe Mauer did it sliding on his knees on the NEW TURF for a foul pop up.

compy75
04-07-2004, 10:31 AM
Also the first game of the year, Ben Broussard turned his ankle and sprained it on the turf when his cleat got stuck in it. He'll be gone at least a week.

fhqwhgads
04-07-2004, 10:41 AM
From the Mpls Star-Trib:

Mauer's spikes stuck in the rubber warning track near the backstop as he was chasing a foul ball.

wdelaney72
04-07-2004, 02:50 PM
I'll take that crap of the astro-turf anyday.

ShoelessFred
04-07-2004, 06:36 PM
Originally posted by mantis1212
I think this is great. The Twins just removed one of their biggest advantages

actually their BIGGEST advantage is turning on the ventilation system when they are at bat causing a jetstream and homers.

fhqwhgads
04-07-2004, 06:46 PM
Originally posted by ShoelessFred
actually their BIGGEST advantage is turning on the ventilation system when they are at bat causing a jetstream and homers.

You know, the funniest part of that 'controversy' is that the vents are on all sides of the Dome. They are all on, or all off. :smile:

SoxFan76
04-07-2004, 06:48 PM
Is this turf similar to the stuff at U of I? Because I don't think that turf causes any more injuries than natural grass. The U of I turf is real nice actually.

RichFitztightly
04-07-2004, 07:12 PM
Originally posted by SoxFan76
Is this turf similar to the stuff at U of I? Because I don't think that turf causes any more injuries than natural grass. The U of I turf is real nice actually.

The Bears hated it when they played there. It's not so much the turf that's the problem, though it's not great, it's that they have about a third of the padding that Ford Field in Detroit has, from what they said in the Southtown.

SoxFan76
04-07-2004, 07:16 PM
Originally posted by RichFitztightly
The Bears hated it when they played there. It's not so much the turf that's the problem, though it's not great, it's that they have about a third of the padding that Ford Field in Detroit has, from what they said in the Southtown.

I liked U of I. I thought it was great. It felt softer than natural grass.