Fans who can't afford to make it to the ballpark this spring can bring the ballpark to them.
The turf company Scotts, now an official partner of Major League Baseball, is selling the grass seed blends and fertilizers used in stadiums such as Fenway Park and Wrigley Field. Build your own Field of Dreams -- if you water it, the wiffle ball players will come.
Other ballparks offering their splendor in your grass are Great American Ballpark, home to the Cincinnati Reds; Citizens Bank Ballpark (Philadelphia Phillies); and Busch Stadium (St. Louis Cardinals).
The grass will retail for $21.99 for a three-pound bag and will be available in March. A PR release from MLB and Scotts, published today in the Boston Globe, promises the real deal: "These products,designed by Scotts in consultation with the head groundskeeper at each ballpark, utilize the same Scotts varieties and technology used on the fields."
Almost. The grass for sale is slightly altered for easier upkeep than the actual stadium sod, Sports Illustrated reports, so WalletPop encourages you to pursue your blades of glory.
Just be thankful that you're not doing it for a living. Maintaining a lawn for the highly compensated guys in spikes to tear up requires a lot of work. Nicole Sherry, the head groundskeeper at the Baltimore Orioles' Camden Yards, puts in 16-hour days during the season. Of course, she's got three acres of Kentucky bluegrass to mow and manage.
"People think that we just take care of the grounds and that there is no science involved," Sherry told smartwomanonline.com. "But keeping this field perfect is a full-time, year-round job."
For your humble patch, though, it's time to grab a rake. The landscape hall of fame beckons.