The art of writing an intro to a piece of journalism — called a “lede” because journalists are weird — is an interesting one, and I’m always impressed when someone can come up with something like this:
Science has bred a chicken to look like a dinosaur and is actively working on humanless home pizza delivery – and a flying taxi
…even, or maybe especially, when the article itself is about something as prosaic as the Texas Rangers‘ new taxpayer-funded stadium maybe using artificial turf.
Yes, that’s right: A major-league baseball team is actually tearing down its reasonably well-regarded 20-something-year-old stadium so it can build a new one with air-conditioning, but this may require installing fake grass, even though all but two MLB teams have done away with the stuff in recent years because everybody hates it, from fans to players who have to deal with its broiling heat and abuse on their bodies. The problem, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, has something to do with the field being too deep, or too far from the retractable roof, or something:
The Rangers said that right now they don’t know when they will know/announce the surface for the new stadium, which is scheduled to open in 2020…
“Fifty feet below grade is not a concern itself. It’s about how the stadium is designed to let light in,” said Texas A&M associate professor Ben Wherley, whose expertise is in turfgrass in the school’s department of soil and crop sciences. “My assumption is they will try to get grass in there if at all possible.”