Here's how the D-backs prepare baseballs for game action -- Australia style
Believe it or not, you can't just pop a baseball out of its box and use it in a Major League game -- there's actually some assembly required.
Official balls need to be broken in with a special mud massage before they're ready for the playing field, and the process for doing so is head-spinningly specific.
The technique is more of an art than a science, and like any great artist, baseball dirtiers have their preferred materials. In the case of baseball mud, there's only one kind that works: Lena Blackburne Baseball Rubbing Mud. Click here to read the fascinating story of the mud, its history and why Blackburne mud is the only mud used in MLB.
Now, all of this begs the following question, made more relevant by the current location of the D-backs and Dodgers: What if you're holding an MLB game in Australia -- thousands of miles away from the source of the Blackburne mud?
The answer: Vegemite.
Kidding! D-backs assistant clubhouse manager Jimmy Garrett is definitely NOT rubbing a divisive Aussie condiment on those baseballs. Check out this video to learn about the delicate art of his preparation process: