If you haven't heard, Petco Park is going to host a soccer game and some of the players aren't happy about it. Will Venable wonders "Are they serious?" and Heath Bell says that it's "Asinine". It seems they are upset that the grounds crew will have to remove the mound for the game and the field will be littered with divots.
"They’re not worried about the field looking good. They’re just trying to make a profit. Very interesting … I’m sure Luke (Yoder) and his (grounds) crew will make it right, but we have the best pitching staff in the major leagues and that mound is our office. It should not be messed with at this time of the season."
I wonder if Heath Bell and Will Venable are aware that when the Padres played in Qualcomm Stadium they shared the field with the Chargers for the entire month of September and sometimes October. I'm quite certain that two NFL teams battling on the field do far more damage than a couple soccer teams ever could. Back then the Grounds Crew would remove the mound too and then turn it around and have the field playable for baseball the next day. This went on for more than 3 decades.
With this in mind I'm pretty sure Petco Park will be perfect condition when the Padres return home a full 10 days after the Chivas Soccer game on Sept 14th.
Furthermore I applaud the Padres for finding new ways to make a profit. If the Padres make more money then they can sign players and isn't that what we all want? Especially if the money doesn't have to come from our pockets?