Rain forces extra prep work for World Series at AT&T Park

Charlie Riedel/APShaping up: The grounds crew had plenty of work to do after Monday’s storm.

The puddles are long gone and the infield dirt was fresh and dry. AT&T Park sure looked ready for a World Series a day after a downpour.

Mostly because the San Francisco hitters weren’t the only ones rakin’ at the Giants’ ballpark.

Head groundskeeper Greg Elliott and his crew worked until midnight after Monday night’s NL Championship Series clincher, pulled the tarp across the field and began bright and early again at 8 a.m. — with a midafternoon deadline before the Detroit Tigers’ workout ahead of tonight’s Series opener.

It’s the most rain Elliott has seen in such a short span since he came aboard from Cleveland in 2008. Headphones in his ears as he spread new dirt and methodically raked it just right, Elliott monitored the entire process. In front of the visitor’s dugout, the World Series logo was painted on the grass.

“Two and a half inches came down the day before the Braves opened here in 2010 [NLDS], but not in that kind of a short time frame,” Elliott said.

 

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