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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- The Brewers players may be in warm Arizona for Spring Training, but Friday morning the grounds crew at Miller Park was getting the field ready for the start of baseball.

The Grounds Crew took the tarp off the field Friday morning to get ready for the Brewers home opener which is only 20 days away. It's an exciting day for everyone in the Brewers organization, but the Grounds Crew calls this day the unofficial start to the season.

The CBS 58 Ready Weather Team are the official forecasters of the Milwaukee Brewers and know that the last two months have been very wintry with record-breaking cold and plenty of snow. The Grounds Crew said they had to turn up the heat inside Miller Park to get the grass to a point where they could take the tarp off and work on it without damaging it. 

"We did have to turn on some heat in here. As you know it's been a cold spring and we started the week below-zero outside of the stadium, so just taking a little of the edge off allowing the grass to get to a level where we didn't have to worry about damaging it as we do this process," said Miller Park Head of Grounds Michael Boettcher.

Now that the tarp is off, the Grounds Crew will work on the grass over the next three weeks to make sure the playing surface is top notch. The Brewers Home Opener is March 28 at 1:10 p.m. against the St. Louis Cardinals and Brewers Weather Day with CBS 58 happens April 17.

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