Opening day nears for snow-covered Camden Yards

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 19, 2014 at 11:21 am •  Published: March 19, 2014

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — The last thing Nicole McFadyen needs is for another snowstorm to hit Baltimore.

Unfortunately, there's white stuff in the forecast for Tuesday.

While the Baltimore Orioles are soaking up the sun in Florida, McFadyen, the head groundskeeper at Camden Yards, is waiting for yet another layer of snow to melt so she can resume preparations for opening day.

"If we get any more crazy weather like we've had this winter, I think I'm going to stress out even more than I'm doing now," McFadyen said from Baltimore in a phone interview.

About a half-foot of snow hit Baltimore over the weekend, the latest in a series of snowstorms that has buried the city this winter. While virtually everyone else around town has plenty of time to get their lawn in shape for the summer, McFadyen is dealing with a strict deadline: March 31, when the Orioles open the season at home against the World Series champion Boston Red Sox.

"The grass has a good green color right now," McFadyen said. "It's not ideally green, like what we would love to see for opening day, but that's just going to take a little bit of fertilizer and a little bit of sunshine."

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