Chasing a foul ball last night, Lance Berkman tried to stop quickly in the dirt-covered foul territory behind first base at Yankee Stadium. His feet went out from under him, he slammed to the ground and didn’t get up immediately. Mark Teixeira, who had been injured the night before, said he was holding his breath in the dugout, stunned but not surprised.
“That warning track around our stadium is very dangerous,” Teixeira said. “It’s hard. It’s basically concrete with sand on top. It needs to be fixed.”
Berkman said afterward that he was wearing plastic spikes at the time. That’s what Berkman usually wears in the field, but after his first play on that surface, he retreated into the clubhouse to change into metal spikes.
After the game, I was making small talk when one Yankee said to imagine running from grass onto a sheet of ice. The track at Yankee Stadium is that sort of surface change, he said.
Teixeira said he believed the Yankees had brought up the issue in the past.
“I think we have, but I don’t think it’s an easy thing to (fix),” he said. “You can’t do it during the season. Maybe this offseason we’ll be able to fix it and won’t have any problems.
“… I’ve dove a few times and I always come up with scraps on my arms and my knees. Ask any of the outfielders, where they’re running toward balls in the outfield. It’s not a safe surface.”
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