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More grass soon

Heard back from Rick "Buck" Buckovich at Clark/Hunt/Smoot, one of the guys leading the building of Nationals Park. I know it looks like the installation of the tuf has stopped, but here's what Buck had to say.

"We will continue and hopefully complete the sod installation on Thursday / Friday. Over the last several days including the weekend, we completed the concrete outfield wall, backfill, irrigation, drainage mat, drainage layer, and root zone mix in the left field area in preparation for the grass."

So, that seems like fancy contractor language for "we had some other stuff to do before we could put the rest of the grass down."

I never get sick of looking at this, though.

I drove by the ballpark yesterday, and even the facing on the outside looks nice. There's some glassed-in areas on the Potomac Avenue side, and when you swing around up the third base line -- along South Capitol St. -- it's very clear that on the walk to the park you'll have good views of the Capitol Building. I'm told you'll have those from the upper deck on the first base line, too. Maybe even the press box.

Anyway, don't want to interrupt any discussion of the best ways for the Nationals to increase their payroll (from previous thread), but I'll try to put some more ballpark stuff here. Looking for more information on the Nov. 13 event, though I suspect it's for media only. And word is that they're trying to have seat relocation done before that event. Not sure if that'll happen, but we'll see.

By Barry Svrluga  |  November 6, 2007; 4:08 PM ET
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Barry, thanks for that update! Any word when they're planning the meet your seat event?

Posted by: Nats Fan | November 6, 2007 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Don't know about meet your seat, but will pass on all that info as soon as I get it.

Posted by: Barry Svrluga | November 6, 2007 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, Barry, for the update. It's so cool to see it all coming together on camera. Judging from the dirt tracks, it looks like someone was making donuts in the outfield. mmm...donuts....

Posted by: natsfan1a | November 6, 2007 4:38 PM | Report abuse

If you go to the ClarkCam and select the centerfield view instead of the pressbox view, and then scroll to, say, 3:22 pm on November 2, it looks like we may have one of those "pitcher in the sun, batter in the shadows" scenarios going on from time to time in the new digs. At least if we are still playing games on November 2; who knows if/when this might happen in the spring and summer. It seem likely to happen at some point though given the alignment of the park, and the sun.

Posted by: Bob L. Head | November 6, 2007 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Gold gloves were announced. David Wright at 3rd over Zimm. That ain't right.

Posted by: Fan O'Zimm | November 6, 2007 5:22 PM | Report abuse

p.s. Buck Buckovich would be a great baseball name. Just saying...

Posted by: natsfan1a | November 6, 2007 5:25 PM | Report abuse

One of the late-afternoon pix showed how much shade the third-base side would be getting, which is why I'm glad I picked my nosebleed seats there.

Posted by: Juan-John | November 6, 2007 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Worse, GMs are opening the door for instant replay:

JimBo was a leader in it. Nooooooooooooooo! Slippery slope!

Posted by: Section 506 (Before moving) | November 6, 2007 5:37 PM | Report abuse

What do you expect from Gold Glove voters? Zimm had too many throwing errors, but how many people do you expect to look up the difference? Notice there were no Washington Nationals, not even nearly flawless Austin Kearns. I would ring up his stats and compare them to Jones, Francoeur, Rowand, and Beltran, but why? Just to prove again that you have to be playing for a winning team to get rewarded nine times out of ten? It's too easy and too self-pitying.

Instead, I give you my own contest. You have three gold gloves. One for a pitcher, one for an infielder, and one for an outfielder. Only Nationals.

I submit, Zimm, Kearns, and Bacsik.

Posted by: Section 506 (Before moving) | November 6, 2007 5:45 PM | Report abuse

I haven't seen this mentioned, but I saw the "Build it Bigger" episode on Discovery about Nats Park. It was pretty interesting, but mostly because they had to start construction before design was completed. Pretty fascinating.

Posted by: Anonymous | November 6, 2007 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of Zimm, new post up... :(

Posted by: natsfan1a | November 6, 2007 5:51 PM | Report abuse

As of Wednesday, the sod rolls are in the park...

Posted by: natsfan1a | November 7, 2007 8:27 AM | Report abuse

Built it Bigger was pretty interesting on a number of fronts -- including speculation that wind patterns might favor pitchers. Also that whole design build concept where they mapped out sections of the ballpark and started building section 1 before section 2 design was complete. From what they were able to show us it certainly seems like we will have a revolutionary new-look stadium that will be a distinctive landmark for the City.

Now if we could just find a parking space ... keep going ... try that street ... on the left ... fire hydrant, drat ... wait is that guy getting into his car .... hey that's not his car ... hey buddy put down that rock ... maybe we could park at DOT and walk ... rats....

Posted by: NatBisquit | November 7, 2007 8:33 AM | Report abuse

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