Artificial weeds

In 2007, Delta College christened a newly refurbished Cecchetti baseball field, which sported a natural feeling artificial turf. Fake grass covered everything except the pitcher’s mound and the batter’s circle, which remained honest-to-goodness dirt. The simulated grass is easier to maintain, it never having to be mowed or watered and the lines being permanently painted on. A few weeks ago, I shot the Community College Athletic Association’s Softball Northern Super Regional tournament championship game between Delta College and Cosumnes River College at Cecchetti Field. I took up a shooting position along the fence just beyond the Delta dugout on the third-base side. Between innings I looked down, and what did I see? Weeds. Not many and not artificial, but real. Apparently some dirt from the landscaping surrounding the field spilled onto it. Buried below the blades of fake grass, the errant soil couldn’t be seen, but the weeds found it anyway. So though the field was fake, the weeds were real. Perhaps Delta’s next investment can be a robot gardener.

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