(BaseballStL) -- Busch Stadium was still being worked on as late as Monday morning as the grounds crew transformed it back into a baseball field.
After being torn up Saturday by a football game between SIU and SEMO, the turf in Baseball Heaven needed not just a makeover, but a wholesale replacement.
As can be seen in this video, a huge section of the field was replaced before the Nationals came to town.
As of game day, yard lines still remained on the field. Manager Mike Matheny praised the grounds crew for their work, noting the turnaround was extremely tight.
"Looks like the grounds crew did a good job with what they had to try and make happen here," he said. "It's not easy. We have a very, very good grounds crew here and these guys work real hard."
The football game was preceded by two days of rain in St. Louis, making the damage to the outfield grass all the more thorough. With the new sod in place, grounds crews will no doubt be watching the forecast. Without much time to take hold, any inclement weather will put a strain on the sod.
For now, the Cardinals will contend with the fresh grass as they close out the final six games of the year.
"It looks like it's going to play pretty pretty fast, but it they've done a nice job trying to make the best of it," said Matheny.