Cincinnati Reds fans are counting the days until pitchers and catchers report to spring training just four short weeks away. And while the Reds will be readying for the season in their new digs in Goodyear, Ariz., fans back home can plan their own field of dreams using a new product offered by Scotts Lawn Care.
Scotts announced this week a multi-year partnership with Major League Baseball that will include the licensing of major league grass seed. That means beginning in March Reds fans can buy team-branded seed and fertilizer that’s nearly identical to that used to create the lush green field at Great American Ballpark. Other blends of Kentucky Bluegrass and perennial ryegrass like those used at Boston’s Fenway Park and Chicago’s Wrigley Field and two other parks will be sold regionally.
According to the Cincinnati Business Courier, the Reds have had a partnership with the Marysville-based Scotts company for several years. Doug Gallant, the Reds’ heads groundskeeper, will have his signature reproduced on each $21.99 three-pound bag of seed.
The grass seed deal between Major League Baseball and Scotts is part of a new mult-faceted relationship that will allow Scotts to have in-the-park presence at these ballfields, plus the ability to use team logos in advertising and marketing.
Here's a link to the official MLB news release about the Scott's deal.