The College World Series is under way in Omaha, Nebraska -- but teams have been playing ball at TD Ameritrade Park all spring. In fact, the ol' ballyard played host to Creighton's regular season and the Big Ten tournament in May.
One constant at the stadium has been the grounds crew, which you can follow on Twitter. Like most baseball fans, the crew got into the preseason spirit once the preseason polls began rolling out:
The Road to Omaha starts NOW! Best of luck to all players, coaches & staff this season! Can't wait to see who will be here in June! #CWS— CWS Grounds Crew (@cws_groundscrew) February 14, 2014
Of course TD Ameritrade Park is home to the Creighton Bluejays, so the hometown team breaks in the field throughout the spring -- after Mother Nature pushes forward the clock and the field awakens from a winter's hibernation:
Turf blankets coming off today! pic.twitter.com/GaGnkTUm9A— CWS Grounds Crew (@cws_groundscrew) March 5, 2014
And three months before first pitch at the College World Series, the grounds crew is as eager as the players for first pitch. ... And once they begin playing, the games seemingly run together -- regular season, postseason, College World Series:
The best maintenance crew in the land... Getting them dugouts ready with a fresh coat of paint and refinished boards! pic.twitter.com/mErXaMc7G5— CWS Grounds Crew (@cws_groundscrew) May 31, 2014