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Behind the Scenes at the Ballpark

Kara Kovalchik
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Summer is officially here, and that means the baseball season is in full swing. Join us for a "behind the scenes" look at the many folks who help keep things at the ballpark running smoothly.

Dirty Laundry

Baseball's a dirty business and it falls upon the stadium's maintenance crew to prepare the locker rooms for both the home and visiting teams. And in addition to cleaning and sanitizing the showers, and restocking the toiletries, it means doing lots and lots of laundry. The team generally fires up four or five industrial-sized washers about 15 minutes after the game's final out, and they keep churning away for the next three or four hours. Uniforms usually require two wash cycles, one with a special detergent to remove pine tar, and a second to wash away dirt and grass stains. The next three or four loads consist of the players' personal garments, such as socks and underwear. Towels and washcloths make up the bulk of the remaining loads.

Mow Town

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A Frank Discussion

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Beer Money

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Organ Grinding

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So Fresh and So Clean

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