Build your own Field of Dreams with Sydney’s Baseball leftovers – EFTM

Build your own Field of Dreams with Sydney’s Baseball leftovers

The idea of an authentic Baseball ballpark in your local area might seem like the stuff of Hollywood, and you’d be right – however right now Baseball fans, and...
Yep, no more rain issues for your local ground!

The idea of an authentic Baseball ballpark in your local area might seem like the stuff of Hollywood, and you’d be right – however right now Baseball fans, and Baseball clubs across Sydney – or Australia if you’ve got the inclination – have the chance to own everything from the clay to the dug-outs that were used in the Opening Series of the MLB this month at the SCG.

I went along to the SCG for the opening demonstration game between the Aussie Baseball team and the LA Dodgers.  What the organisers had created in what is traditionally a stunning Cricket venue was nothing short of amazing.

The diamond was perfect, the outfield immaculate, along with the outfield barriers and the stunningly authentic dug-outs for the teams.

After four days of use, four great games, it all had to be ripped up and the SCG restored to its original configuration.

So what happens to all that infrastructure?  What about the clay used for the diamond and the pitcher’s mound.  That clay is special, it has to be a certain grade, a certain type, it was imported into Australia just for that event.

Imagine your local Baseball club could use that very clay on their own diamond or mound.  Imagine no more – start the bidding.

Auction site Grays online has almost everything you’d need to turn your amateur operation into a pro-Baseball ballpark.

They’ve got the clay.

Baseball Diamond Clay - ready for your local ballpark

Baseball Diamond Clay – ready for your local ballpark

They’ve got the helmet and bat racks from the dugouts

Baseball helmet and bat holders - used by the MLB teams at the SCG

Baseball helmet and bat holders – used by the MLB teams at the SCG

They’ve even got the rain covers used at the SCG.

Yep, no more rain issues for your local ground!

Yep, no more rain issues for your local ground!

Plenty of Baseball Clubs would love to have that clay – so expect the bidding to be fierce.

There’s also a selection of signed game-balls at Grays Online if you’re a collector.

Web: Grays Online 

 

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2 Comments on this post.
  • MarkSindone
    23 July 2014 at 2:48 pm
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    It is astounding to know how much a country or city would spend in order to host a majestic game or event. It is just like the most recent world cup at Brazil where billions were spent just to host a few soccer matches that lasted just for a few weeks. Thus, it is just the right thing to do to get hold of the remains as a result of the aftermath of the particular event. I wonder what they do with the remains of the other events if they do not auction it off like what you are doing. Do they simply dispose off those billions of dollars’ worth of goods or do they put them up in storage for future similar events?

  • Dean Ashby
    22 August 2014 at 1:41 pm
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    It is amazing to see how much a country or city would spend in order to host a majestic game or event. It is just like the most recent world cup at Brazil where billions were spent just to host a few soccer matches that lasted just for a few weeks. Thus, it is just the right thing to do to get hold of the remains as a result of the aftermath of the particular event. I wonder what they do with the remains of the other events if they do not auction it off like what you are doing. Do they simply dispose off those billions of dollars’ worth of goods or do they put them up in storage for future similar events?

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