Ladies and Gents, your new Legends groundskeeper Jason Boston!
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!