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Painting The Grass

Posted by
Stephen Phillips (San Francisco, United States) on 11 April 2011 in Sport & Recreation and Portfolio.

OH-pening Day, in the paint...

Clearly, this is something I've not given much thought. However, had someone asked me how I thought today's teams managed to get art and messages displayed on real growing grass - I would have guessed some computerized, laser-driven air-brush did the application. I was NOT prepared to see a two-inch bristle paint brush in the hands of a very careful and patient human being.

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Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Une forme d'art aussi que ces peintres de stades

11 Apr 2011 5:27am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Ha ha, you wouldn't believe how many people I know who think that TV companies add these logos on to the pitch with clever digital trickery!

11 Apr 2011 8:29am

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

i thought he was trying to take a picture. silly me:-)

11 Apr 2011 1:22pm

yz from Budapest, Hungary

nice portrait of that man :))

11 Apr 2011 1:32pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

ABsolutely not - I am as surprised as you are, Steohen! if we can get the Gigantes to get some more wins...but it is a long season and no need to fret...great shot here, sir - I love the angle!

11 Apr 2011 3:49pm

@Denny Jump Photo: Don't forget that disastrous start we had last year - losing six straight on that first road trip in LA and with the Padres. We'll be fine. Let's get Ross and Torres back to the line-up and stay healthy (a major key to any team) - we have depth as Schierholtz proved Saturday when he came in for Torres and went 3 for 3.

Jeff from Pembroke Dock, Wales., United Kingdom

Can't make up my mind,Picasso or Warhol ?...Seems like a lot of trouble for a game of rounders though....;>)

11 Apr 2011 6:52pm

@Jeff: Hey Jeff - 41000 seats going for from $30 to several hundred dollars per seat. Parking at $35 to $45 per car. Six dollar hot dogs, Budweiser Beer at $9.25 for a 12 ounce plastic cup. Plus television and radio revenue. They can afford a bit of a show. Plus - this team won it all last season. They won the championship during an 'away' game against Texas last season. This is their first game at home since they won the title. Everyone in San Francisco WANTS to celebrate it in a big way! ...

cassiel from Mexico, Mexico

Excellent series, one only can feel love for the baseball from this shots!

11 Apr 2011 10:53pm

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Wow no stencil? Thanks for being dedicated enough to cover the highest seat in the park to the on deck circle. Catch your breath and give us more!

12 Apr 2011 2:42am

@Ralph Jones: They had applied a template of the outline - so this was then pretty much a paint-by-numbers affair. But grass makes a lousy canvas and would look terrible unless you really get it coated from all sides.

I was there to assist a friend who was installing some signs up among the concessions. That got me an ID badge. No one questioned the camera or tripod and I managed to wander all around the field - even going down into the dugout. Ah, cheap thrills!

Ann Baldwin from Vallejo, United States

Clever shot. I am enjoying the baseball series, even if I'm not a fan of the game itself.

13 Apr 2011 3:12am