The field at the ballpark is more than just a playing surface. Think of that vast area as a baseball player’s office – where they conduct business night after night.
Often times, we overlook this aspect of the game and that’s why this week for Acid Flashback Friday, we will honour the first incarnation of AstroTurf at the Skydome.
When I think back to the glory days at the dome, I can’t help but remember that God-awful playing surface known as AstroTurf. The funny thing is the Rogers Centre is currently in the process of switching the field back to using AstroTurf, albeit a much different form of its predecessor.
After looking through some of the photos of the Skydome, its hard to imagine that at one time people thought that playing surface looked natural. It practically looks like they used a giant green screen as the playing surface, and it remained that way for 15 years until Rogers decided to upgrade to Field Turf.
Back in the day, as many as nine ballparks were fitted with AstroTurf. Now only the Rogers Centre and Tropicana Field are the only two ballparks remaining in the majors with artificial turf.
No matter how you feel about the former playing surface at the dome, the memory of the chroma key “green screen” of the Skydome AstroTurf will forever be burned into our brains … and retinas.