Phillies' head groundskeeper explains what happened with net malfunction

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Phillies' head groundskeeper explains what happened with net malfunction originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia

What are those first few minutes like for the head groundskeeper in a big-league ballpark when the safety netting behind the backstop and both dugouts gives way?

Phillies director of field operations Mike Boekholder was a guest Tuesday on the Phillies Talk podcast with Jim Salisbury after he and his team successfully reset the netting with one helluva knot Sunday afternoon. The netting gave way in the eighth inning and it appeared the game might have to be suspended, but after 20 minutes and 21 seconds, it was game on.

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On the pod, Boekholder talked about:

  • The grounds crew's performance under pressure

  • The knot that held it all together

  • What it’s like to deal with Joe West and other umpires on an approaching weather delay

  • His relationship with players — Boekholder always received feedback from Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley about the infield 

  • Utley’s interesting way of getting his when he thought the field was a little dry during pregame warmups

Check it all out here.

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