I may be late to the party on this one, but it came as a surprise to me when I picked up the ‘Man of Steel’ at a Redbox the other day and saw Clark Kent not wearing his cape, but a Royals t-shirt instead. Am I the only one who thinks this is awesome? I consider Superman to be pretty legendary, and to see “legends” being affiliated with the Royals always makes me happy (see what I did there). Go Legends!
The Legends Ledger would like to wish our readers a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays during this wonderful time of the year! We are less than half way to Opening Day (which I may argue is the 2nd best time of the year after Christmas). Since restarting the blog (which hadn’t had a post since August of 2012), we doubled our one day views record with the “Legends of Lexingon-Josh Anderson” piece, and then doubled that record with our Q&A with new Legends Head Groundskeeper, Jason Boston! MiLB.com featured our blog in their “Fan Spotlight” section, and we were even linked to the official Major League Baseball blog. You can look forward to posts in the very near future on former Legends great and World Series Champion, Hunter Pence and recieve a lesson in Minor League Baseball 101. Until then, Feliz Navidad, próspero año y felicidad!
A little baseball inspiration from “Moneyball” to start your day. Go Legends.
Jason Boston comes to Lexington from just up I-64, where he was an assistant groundskeeper for Cincinnati Reds Triple-A affiliate Louisville Bats. I got the opportunity to sit down with Jason and talk to him about his new job and what it’s like being on the grounds crew!
What got you into groundskeeping?: “I attended Western Kentucky University and studied Turf Management. I originally studied Business Management before realizing it really wasn’t for me. I wanted to wake up doing something I love everyday. I get to do this and work in baseball…it’s truly awesome. Before, I worked with the Bowling Green HotRods and the Bats as an assistant. I’m very excited about this opportunity here with the Legends!”
What is a typical gameday like for you and your crew?: “Our days start at 9 am and end sometime around 11 pm. That’s also depending on whether or not games go into extra-innings. I have a 4-man crew (including myself). It can make for some long days. Getting the field set-up and ready to go, hauling out batting practice equipment, removing tarp. I really love what I do though and enjoy it!”
This upcoming season, we will have new grass on the field. Can you tell us a little more about that? “Before, we had Kentucky Bluegrass. We used KY Bluegrass in Louisville, too. KY Bluegrass can be harsh as far as upkeep goes. It doesn’t withstand some of the seasonal changes that take place during the year, costing more money to keep up. We will see NorthBirdge Bermuda this coming season. Developed at Oklahoma State University, NorthBridge looks and feels great. It has a high tolerance to colder weather and has extreme sod strength.”
Kentucky vs. Louisville is a huge rivalry in any sport. Coming from the “Ville”, which side of the fence do you sit on? Remember, you are currently standing on Lexington soil: (laughs) “I grew up in western Kentucky (Henderson County). Everybody there bleeds Blue! Including myself. I am definitely a Wildcats fan. I’m excited that we actually have a basketball goal next to the locker rooms (the Whitaker Bank-shot Court). I’ll definitely be taking advantage of that!”
Jason brings a lot of energy to Lexington. I was actually ready to learn everything there is about field grass and even pull some tarp during a tropical storm after our conversation! Good luck and welcome to the Legends family, Jason!
I’m a day late, but quick congratulations to, in my opinion, three of the greatest managers of our time on being elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Championship managers Tony La Russa (Athletics/Cardinals), Bobby Cox (Braves), and Joe Torre (Yankees) were selected during the first day of baseball winter meetings. The three combine for a total of 91 years and nearly 14,000 games coaching big league ball. From 1988 through 2006, 14 of the 18 World Series featured La Russa, Cox or Torre. Legendary.