A partnership that is truly Royal will continue.
John Deere was retained by the Kansas City Royals Baseball Club to manicure the grass and dirt at Kauffman Stadium, where the ballclub plays its home games. The team announced the Moline, Illinois-based company will continue working on the grounds and it will offer its farm equipment and agricultural equipment to the same end.
The infield at the home of the Royals was one of a handful of fields that underwent improvements during the offseason between the 2010 and 2011 seasons, according to the Boston Globe. Other teams whose fields were upgraded are the Boston Red Sox, the Chicago Cubs, Milwaukee Brewers and the Cincinnati Reds.
"Everything about it is better," Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia told the publication. "It’s awesome. You can really tell the difference. It’s a true infield now … you see me go to my knees when I field the ball all the time. Now you can actually field it because you don’t get the bad hops. I could tell a big difference running the bases, too, because your spikes don’t dig in."
Deere has returned as official sponsor for the Royal’s field and will offer farm equipment like John Deere mowers to working on the account.