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Old 05-14-2005, 10:16 AM
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Wet Ball field=Dry it with GAS!!!

I have been in the lawn care biz for 10 years and the fire dept for 20, yesterday was a first for me. The FD secretary gets a phone call from the local college baseball coach stating that he has a big baseball tournament on Saturday and his field is wet. He goes on to tell her that he is calling because he will be using GASOLINE to dry the field and he wants us to know in case someone else calls.
Since we were out of the station we were informed and I got to take the engine over to the field and see what was going on. As we are pulling up I see 4 college baseball players making a mad dash toward a shed with 4 plastic gas cans in hand. I just shook my head and walked up to the fence and was met by a sheepish head coach. He told me that he used the gas to try and get rid of the water on the baseline but it didn't work too well so they won't be doing it anymore. I was glad to hear that and told him so. We left and our Asst Chief of Prevention also got wind of the episode and went over and talked with them a bit. I wasn't a ball buster with the guy and he knew that he wasn't doing a good thing.

So any of you guys use gas to dry out the lawns? At 2.25 a gallon I find it to be a much better deal than sand and a 20 member college ball club with shovels and rakes. Besides that a 6 month stay in the burn center can do wonders for your complection. You would think that someone with a college education should know better but I know for sure that common sence is not something that you can learn but he sure got a Masters of Stupidity.
I know someone is gonna tell me that they have done this in the past but I am hoping not. Stay safe. Play ball.
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