Warm temps greet Indians' season opener

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The thermometer hit the 70s for the first time in six months in Indianapolis on Thursday - just in time for the Indianapolis Indians season opener.

While most of us lamented the ice and snow over the winter, we didn't have a baseball field to contend with. The diamond at Victory Field was looking perfectly groomed Thursday afternoon.

"This winter definitely wasn't one of our most favorite winters, for sure," said Joey Stevenson, groundskeeper. "We put it to bed in the fall fairly green and it wakes up pretty green. It was about 75 percent green when it woke up this spring. We just had to put in the last 25 to get it in shape for opening day."

There is the threat of rain this evening. Stevenson said his concern is getting the field ready for first pitch; after that, it's up to the umpires. The game must go to five innings or it will be rescheduled.

The Indians host the Toledo Mud Hens tonight at 7:05 pm.