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Can we use our baseball fields please,!

Original post made by Batter, Danbury Park, on Feb 7, 2013

How is it that in one of the most sought after city's in the bay area highly educated and financially stable we can't use our baseball fields. With 3 leagues and over a thousand kids playing baseball our city keeps us from using the fields. Cities that surround us have no such restrictions only Pleasanton. We are relegated to playing on cement or basketball courts at parks throughout the city. Loosen up the restrictions, baseball needs to be practiced and played on a real field. Call your elected officials let them know how ridiculous this is. Play Ball!

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Posted by Kurt Kummer
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Feb 7, 2013 at 8:51 am

Gee 'Batter,' you make it sound like there are a thousand kids who never get a chance to play baseball in Pleasanton. You know that's not true. The fields are only closed until March 1st so they can rest and the grass can grow and maintenance can be performed. That way they'll be in the great shape we expect come baseball season. Even the major leaguers take a few months off in the wintertime! See you out there next month.

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Posted by Batter
a resident of Danbury Park
on Feb 7, 2013 at 9:13 am

I didn't know dirt needed a rest. So it makes sense that we get to practice on the fields one week prior to opening day. Wow your drinking the city cool aid. Check how much you pay in taxes and on top of that the fees the city extorts from the leagues. Open em up!,,,

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Posted by liberalism is a disease
a resident of Birdland
on Feb 7, 2013 at 9:49 am

liberalism is a disease is a registered user.

Batter, you should sign up for field maintenance duty, since you're such and expert on grass. Once you've spent several days patching, weeding and seeding the acres of fields in our city, you MAY have a better appreciation for the amount of work required to support your play. You sound like a spoiled brat...grow up, you've only got a few weeks to wait. And, no one is extorting money from you or any other players.
Maybe you're better suited for soccer.

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Posted by Batter
a resident of Danbury Park
on Feb 7, 2013 at 8:13 pm

Another Cool Aid drinker. Grass is grass dirt is dirt. Funny I don't see dead grass in the parks in Dublin or Livermore, they must have different weather. It's ok that the adult softball fields are open, and the majority of the users don't even live here or pay taxes. Those fields don't look dead, baseball is here it's not meant to be played on cement. The city does a great job with our parks but they don't own them we do. Open em up!!!.

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Posted by Point made batter
a resident of Laguna Oaks
on Feb 8, 2013 at 9:04 am

Unlike soccer, in which players trample the grass and a light mist will cause Pleasanton to close the fields, baseball is played on a dirt field. Yep, 3 fielders play on grass, but the rest of the players are on dirt. Open 'em up and let the kids practice. The asphalt is meant for basketball.

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Posted by They're Donkeys
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 8, 2013 at 9:11 am

Baseball fields??? How about fixing the streets?
I see their are crews going around putting in more of those obnoxious yellow bump ramps on sidewalks to rattle your teeth. I'd love to know whether federal loons, state loons, or local loons that are responsible for those.
You want baseball fields sooner? Raise hell with the loons on the City Council that are dreaming of projects to give them a legacy.

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Posted by Baseball Fan
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 8, 2013 at 9:14 am

Hello? It snowed on the ridge last night, 32 degrees this's February...hmmm...sounds like a great time to run your kid out on the fields. I'm betting you have the kid swinging bats in the garage at a tennis ball until 2am each night too...and how's that steroid thing going?

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Posted by Mr. Geeneyuss
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 8, 2013 at 9:22 am

Give it time batter, give it time. If you plan on taking a few steps in the outfield of the Bernal Sports Fields or even the soccer fields at the Sports Complex bring an extra pair of shoes. Even though we haven't had rain in almost a month they have been watering the fields after they were aerated and seeded back in December and they are a muddy quagmire at this time and totally unsuitable and unsafe for heavy use.

Most of the fields will open next month until then you can probably find a neighborhood field open but here is what us "Kool Aid" drinkers know to be the case...

Web Link

Why do think they don't allow play on Augusta before the Masters?

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Posted by liberalism is a disease
a resident of Birdland
on Feb 8, 2013 at 10:53 am

liberalism is a disease is a registered user.

This schedule is no different than in years past. What's the fuss? Go to the batting cages and take a chill pill.
Or, you can just use a patch of grass at any of the local parks, if you really feel the need to dig up chunks of grass with your cleats.
The whole problem here is that little league starts way too early and always has. Having sat and watched my son play at the SportsPark in March, freezing our butts off, you know something is way wrong. Pleasanton is not Arizona, so why pretend we have the same climate? Start the season later and if they are concerned about the season extending into summer, play more than two games a week to compress the schedule. This should not be rocket science....what do other communities do?

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Posted by Softball Dad
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 8, 2013 at 11:20 am

If the dirt is dry, let 'em play!

Just leave us a drag screen behind the backstop so we can self-maintain.

Play ball!!!

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Posted by Step up
a resident of Mohr Park
on Feb 8, 2013 at 6:01 pm

I am long time BB coach and have no problem with the city closing the fields most winter are not this dry. Instead of complaining about what is wrong why dont you step up and do something like start a comity that would fund all weather fields that do not need to be mowed or watered and could be played on all year round. It is easy to point out problem the real key to not only see the problem but step up and be part of the solution,

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Posted by Batter
a resident of Danbury Park
on Feb 8, 2013 at 9:03 pm

Step up: there is no problem, and the solution is right in front of us the fields are dry the dirt is dry. We don't need all weather fields for baseball. We don't live in a rain forest we live in California great weather. Why are our neighboring cities allowing baseball to be played on there grass/dirt fields. Commitees are for drinking coffee and waisting time. Please tell me why Pleasanton baseball fields are different than our neighboring communities. Is our dirt that much better than Danville's dirt. The answer is right in front of us. Go SEE it. Feel the dirt. Then watch our teams running around parking lots playing baseball it's absurd.

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Posted by Batter
a resident of Danbury Park
on Feb 17, 2013 at 7:35 am

WOW. Thank you City of Pleasanton for letting us use the baseball fields. For all you naysers/cool aid drinkers, Enjoy you're park. And speak up once in a while. The solution was simple. Play ball!!

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