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Welcome to Stumphole Field!

I’ve been creating a baseball field on our lower lawn this summer. I’m letting the outfield grow wild in order to create habitat and let wild flowers and native grasses return. I’m also trying to create a Field of Dreams-like outfield grass fence — our own Green Monster. (Should I plant some corn out there for the full effect?)

One major issue is finding and filling the many stump holes all over the field. This used to be an apple orchard so there are lots of them. To honor this signature characteristic we have named the field “Stumphole Field” or “Turnankle Stadium.”

We debuted the new field with a fun game of church kickball. I’m happy to report that the outfield wall is just the right distance to make home runs challenging but very doable. (Earn an extra run if you clear the horse fence across the driveway.) Congratulations to Adam Noreen who kicked the first home run deep into the center field weeds! I’m also happy to report there were no twisted ankles.

I cannot wait to develop this field as the kids grow up and get to baseball age! I’m already designing dugouts/benches, backstop, foul posts in right and left field and more. :)

Stumphole Field

This recent Sunday School photo shows one person short of our own future ball team!
This recent Sunday School photo shows one person short of our own future ball team!

Jeremy Berg is the founding pastor of MainStreet Covenant Church in Mound, Minnesota, and Professor of Theology at Solid Rock Discipleship School. Jeremy is completing his doctorate in New Testament Context under Dr. Scot McKnight at Northern Seminary in Chicago. He holds a M.A. in Theological Studies from Bethel Seminary (2005) and B.A. from Bethel University (2002). He and his wife, Kjerstin, keep busy chasing around three kids, Peter, Isaak and Abigail.

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