Major League Baseball heads Down Under

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CaptureSYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – Forget “take me out to the ballgame” – this week it’s “take me to the outback for the ballgame” as the 2014 Major League season kicks off Down Under.

Yeah, it might be known as “America’s pastime” but it turns out the fans live all over the world.

“We’ve played in some interesting places around the world; continue to grow the game, and that’s what this is all about,” said Murray Cook, an official field consultant for Major League Baseball.

And that’s also why a cricket field in Sydney, Australia, was transformed into a baseball diamond; not an easy feat!

“You’ve got 500 tons of materials we had to take out of the ground and bring back into the ground, and all that aside, making sure we didn’t compromise any other part of the ground,” Sydney Cricket Ground curator Tom Parker said.

The transformation even required 14 shipping containers of red clay to be sent all the way from the good ol’ U.S. of A.

But for Australian fans, it’s worth the hard prep work to see the Dodgers take on the Diamondbacks right on their own turf.

“I reckon a lot of cricketers would be actually quietly pleased that there’s actually a game of baseball on their hallowed turf,” former Australia cricketer Geoff Lawson said.

L.A. and Arizona will be battling it out throughout the weekend.