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GABP grounds crew puts in extra hours this week


The grounds crew at Great American Ball Park (GABP) has dealt with a lot of rain the entire week. So much rain, they've had to bring in extra ground crew members just to keep up.

"It's been pretty awful," Great American Ball Park Director of Operations Sean Brown told FOX19's Cory Stark.

It doesn't take many words to sum up the week for the Reds Operations' staff.

On Monday evening, the Reds game was called in the 6th inning due to continuing rain.

"We ended up having some flooding issues in our umpire's tunnel, a foot of water in the tunnel, about 8 inches off the visitors batting tunnel, and about 6 inches on the Reds sprint track that leads down to the Reds' batting cage," said Brown.

The grounds crew was at Great American until 2 a.m. Tuesday morning preparing the field for Tuesday night's game. The same night Homer Bailey threw his second career no-hitter.

"As bad as Monday was, Tuesday was just the opposite. It was great seeing Homer out there," said Brown.

Head groundskeeper Doug Gallant says this weather has caused him a lot of stress.

"It's frustrating, and I just think here we go again. Everybody is tired, everybody is just ready to have a string of 75 degree days and no clouds at all," said Gallant.

The work the grounds crew has done this week to keep the field ready hasn't gone unnoticed.

"They're great people. You have to understand if that field is not ready, it's going to be tough, and their job is really great. We're happy to say we have that grounds crew," said Cincinnati Reds third basemen Todd Frazier.

"It's not an easy job when they haven't even had a day to dry things out, but they always do a good job, and the field is always in good shape," said catcher Ryan Hanigan.

The Reds will take on the Mariners this weekend, and unfortunately, there's a good chance of rain.

"I'm a young guy, and I've got a fair amount of gray hair already, and I attribute that to the weather," said Brown.

After this weekend's series with the Mariners, the Reds are away from Great American Ball Park for 12 days. Perhaps the grounds crew will get a little break.

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