‘The ballpark is always on my mind:’ Meet the people who make Safeco Field shine for the Mariners

To say head groundskeeper Bob Christofferson is dedicated to his craft is an understatement. To say he’s attentive to detail undersells how obsessive he is about the field he’s in charge of keeping perfect each and every day.

It’s 7:02 p.m.: just minutes until first pitch.

A group of tired workers huddles in an office just a few paces away from the freshly mowed grass and manicured dirt of Safeco Field. With ball caps askew, foreheads damp and well-earned sodas in hand, they stare intently at a screen, admiring the day’s work.

As pregame festivities come to an end and the last note of the “Star-Spangled Banner” fades, a choir of high-school-aged kids exits stage right.

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