Turf a thing of the past for Twins

Turf a thing of the past for Twins

MINNEAPOLIS -- Up until this season, road trips for the Twins meant getting away from artificial turf and getting the chance to play on natural grass. Now that the club can finally call Target Field home, trips back to Minnesota mean coming back to a grass surface as well.

"This is spectacular. Everything that we've seen on the road and at other ballparks that over teams have, we have now," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said.

"We'll be excited to be coming home," first baseman Justin Morneau said.

From a health standpoint, the Twins hope playing all 81 home games on real grass will help preserve them throughout the season.

"I used to hear Torii [Hunter] and a lot of people when I was younger talk about the turf," center fielder Denard Span said. "I was like, 'It can't be that bad.' Last year, by the end of the season, I just felt like my body took a pounding. ... We all knew that the turf did affect our bodies."

Having real grass means something else the Twins haven't experienced at home in quite some time: grass stains.

"We actually have soap to wash our pants rather than get turf stains off," Gardenhire said.

Tyler Mason is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.