They didn't use spray paint. Instead, this vandalism let tires and horsepower do the dirty work, turning a pristine right field into a mangled mess.
"For someone to come in to have come in having fun, goofing off and cause damage to it, its extremely frustrating," said Michael Stavres, Winter Haven director of community services.
It likely happened late Friday night or early Saturday morning; the vandals broke throug a maintenance gate.
The timing puts groundskeepers up against the clock as the Russmatt Central Florida Baseball Tournament kicks off next week. About 200 college teams from across the country are heading to the Chain of Lakes complex to play ball.
"When you have these types of ruts, you have get bad hops where its deep, you twist an ankle or fall running for a ball; that's the last thing you want to have," Stavres said.
Crews are feverishly trying to get the field back into playable condition by rolling it and adding a sandy material to help re-grow the turf.
"Hall of famers have played on this same right field. You want to give them the same experience," he said.
An experience put in jeopardy by some poor sports. Winter Haven police are busy working a few leads in this foul play.
"The damage to the city property, it's upwards of $3,500 they could be facing significant charges," said public information officer Jamie Brown.
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