Big 12 Baseball Tournament: Q&A with Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark groundskeeper Monte McCoy

By Cody Stavenhagen, For The Oklahoman Published: May 23, 2014

What is the worst weather you’ve ever been in as a grounds crew member?

“Obviously last year the tornado that came through El Reno — that was a time our outfield was underwater, our bullpen was underwater the dugouts were flooded. That’s the only time that ever happened. It was just so much hard rain at one time that our drainage system just couldn’t hold it, but 30 minutes later it was all gone.”

What’s an aspect of your job most people don’t realize?

“Probably the biggest thing is a lot of people don’t understand how many hours go into a job. This tournament right here, we’re up 7 a.m till 1 or 2 at night. We’re staying at the Hampton Hotel up here just for the fact we have to be here to get the tarp on. When you have so many games going in a short amount of time, you have to be close and you can’t kill your grounds crew.”

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