3-Minute Interview: Greg Elliott

The 34-year-old Maumee, Ohio, native is the new head groundskeeper for , having been the four-time South Atlantic League Groundskeeper of the Year for his work at Classic Park, the home of the Lake County Captains in Ohio. The San Francisco Giants play their first home game Monday against the San Diego Padres.

What kind of grass is on the field? Wehave a Kentucky bluegrass-perennial rye grass mix. San Francisco has very similar temperatures as in Cleveland, except there is more rain in Cleveland, and there we just had Kentucky bluegrass. Here we have rye grass in the mixture for wear-tolerance and color — it’s a darker green.

What’s the hardest on the grass? Anything that covers the grass for an extended period of time like a concert or stage presentation. By extended period of time, I mean 24 or more hours. That’s why we try and limit an event to three days.

Do you hear Carl Spackler or Groundskeeper Willie jokes? It depends on the age of the people. Baseball groundskeepers tend to embrace Carl Spackler because he’s a comedic character. I’m a firm believer in Carl and his beliefs and everything that goes on. He loves what he does. Willie does everything, you know? And that’s a true summation of what we do. And at some level, we’re not all crazy.

Will the home opener be a big day for you? Oh yes, sir, very much so. A long time coming in my book. Whenever you set personal goals and you reach those goals, it’s going to be a big day.

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