I recently took my school youth baseball team to play on the much-anticipated new Enslen Park baseball field dedicated June 21, 2013, by Modesto Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods, and named in honor of San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Jeremy Affeldt. Once there, our excitement quickly disappeared! The grass infield had huge clumps of crab grass in it! This resulted in ground balls taking bounces in every direction, making it almost impossible for infielders to pick them up cleanly and safely. The field appeared to have been neglected for some time. I went over to the field last week to see if anything had been done since our league game against Enslen School in April. It appeared that no attempts had been made to correct this situation!
I’ve experienced coaching on more baseball fields than I can remember, going back to coaching youth baseball at Fremont School in 1976 and all the way to baseball coordinator and coach in the Modesto Baseball For Youth Program. The condition of this “Special Baseball Field” dedicated less then a year ago is an embarrassment and also raises safety concerns for the players. The “powers that be” need to act now and do something about this!