WILLIAMSPORT — Just off Route 15 in Lycoming County sits the second oldest minor league park in the country Historic Bowman Field in Williamsport.It’s here where minor league careers start for players and summer work begins for the grounds crew. James Writer is the head groundskeeper. His two-man crew consists of Jordan Fredo and Nathan Weber, plus a veteran sports reporter looking for a few extra bucks. It was time to go along for the ride.
“The field looks great. Obviously you have these kids working hard. They talked about 111 hours a week. I mean there’s a lot of work that goes into this field? Yes! It’s a lot of work to make it look the way you want it to. We come in at 8:30 in the morning and usually leave at midnight on game days. It’s a lot of hours and a lot of work,” said James Writer.
We’ll there is Larry Greene getting in some batting practice in. The rain is coming here to Bowman Field. We got some work to do. The grounds crew is now going to tarp the field so let’s get to work.
“We should do push ups before we put this out. Definitely do some push ups. this would look nice in my backyard,” said Steve Lloyd
“When the rain comes it just really depends on what’s coming. Like we know that it’s just kind of little sliver, but it’s better to be prepared than not prepared,” said Nathan Weber.
“Feel the grass. It feels lovely. Rub it a little bit. It’s nice isn’t it? How much work do you put into this? Game days we go about anywhere from 10 to 13 or 14 hours. On off days it is still another long day maybe 6 hours. It is good work. It keeps you in shape,” said Jordan Fredo.
On this day the rain storm passed and the Crosscutters played baseball, but not before James, Jordan, and Nathan did their jobs.