HARRISBURG - The last time many of the Harrisburg Senators saw Metro Bank Park, it was underwater.
Those same players said Tuesday they can't believe how well the park was cleaned up.
"The (amount of) water was ridiculous," recalled left-hander Danny Rosenbaum, who sparkled in six late season starts for Harrisburg, going 3-1. "What they did here is unbelievable."
Last September, the home of the Harrisburg Senators on City Island was a muddy mess; submerged by a chocolate milk-colored Susquehanna River. The flooding appeared to be 7-9 feet deep in some areas. The Senators also had to play all of the team's games in the Western Division playoffs against the Richmond Flying Squirrels in Richmond.
Tim Foreman, the director of stadium operations, led the effort to return the ballpark back to its pre-flood condition. Whatever Foreman and his staff did, it worked. The players were greeted by beautiful green grass Tuesday for the first workout in Harrisburg.
The team's first home game is April 12 against Reading.
"I think they did a great job with restoring everything after the flood," said first baseman Tim Pahuta, who drilled 15 home runs for the Senators in 2011. "I guess everything was a real big mess and I think they did a real great job."
Pahuta, incidentally, was the first person to tweet a picture last year of the submerged ballpark. The photo, taken by Tony Wagner, received national attention.