Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) With Opening Day for the Binghamton Mets just three days away, the grounds crew at NYSEG Stadium woke up Monday morning to seven inches of snow on the field.
So what did they do? Call in a plow? Shovel it all out?
Nope. They let Mother Nature take care of it.
By 5 p.m. on Monday, that seven inches had melted to just about an inch. Barring any more freak weather, head grounds keeper E.J. Folli said he expects the field to be all set for Thursday's opener -- but only because the weather cooperated.
"If we didn't have these next two days like we're going to have -- in the 50s and 60s -- we would have been in big trouble for Thursday, for sure," Folli said. "Seven inches is a lot of snow to melt in two days, but with the weather we have, we got pretty lucky."
Folli added much of the preparation -- which takes about a week, he said -- is based on the weather.
"It's as long as you have good weather," he said. "We start in the bullpens and go right out into the main field. Whether it be dragging the infield, repairing home plate or pitcher's mound -- whatever we need to do to get it ready."
The B-Mets kick off the 2014 season Thursday at 6:35 p.m. against the Akron RubberDucks.