They didn't use spraypaint. Instead, this vandalism let tires and horsepower do the dirty work,turning a pristine right field into a mangled mess.
"For someone tocome in to have come in having fun, goofing off and cause damage to it, itsextremely frustrating," said Michael Stavres, Winter Haven director ofcommunity services.
It likely happened lateFriday night or early Saturday morning; the vandals broke throug a maintenancegate.
The timing putsgroundskeepers up against the clock as the Russmatt Central Florida BaseballTournament kicks off next week. About200 college teams from across the country are heading to the Chain of Lakescomplex to play ball.
"When you have thesetypes of ruts, you have get bad hops where its deep, you twist an ankle or fallrunning for a ball; that's the last thing you want to have," Stavres said.
Crews are feverishlytrying to get the field back into playable condition by rolling it and adding asandy material to help re-grow the turf.
"Hall of famershave played on this same right field. You want to give them the sameexperience," he said.
An experience put injeopardy by some poor sports. WinterHaven police are busy working a few leads in this foul play.
"The damage to thecity property, it's upwards of $3,500 they could be facing significantcharges," said public information officer Jamie Brown.
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