via press release:


Former MLB Players & MLB Network Analysts Mitch Williams and Dan Plesac, Along with Landscaping Expert/Host, Ahmed Hassan, Pit Neighbors Against Each Other to Create
Ballpark-Inspired Yards For Avid St. Louis Cardinals Fans AND Die-Hard Chicago Cubs Fans

Special Premieres October 26 at 9 p.m. ET on DIY Network
Encores November 9 at 10 p.m. ET on MLB Network

NEW YORK – October 12, 2010 – In the one-hour special Yard War: Baseball, DIY Network and MLB Network team up to make the best ballpark-inspired yard on the block. Led by DIY Network host and licensed landscape contractor Ahmed Hassan, each team of St. Louis-based neighbors is matched up with MLB Network studio analysts and former Major League Baseball players, Mitch Williams and Dan Plesac, to help turn their yard into an eye-popping baseball-themed showplace. Based on the storied rivalry between the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs, a team of judges picks the winning yard, awarding $10,000 cash and an MLB prize package, including a “groundskeeper for a day” experience and year’s worth of product from Scotts, a Dell laptop computer, one-year satellite TV service from DirecTV and gear from MLB Authentic Collection. The special premieres on DIY Network on Tuesday, Oct. 26 – the day before Game One of the 2010 World Series – at 8 p.m. ET and encores on MLB Network on Tuesday, Nov. 9 at 10 p.m. ET.

In Yard War: Baseball, Williams joins the Blaha family along with contractor Tom Schrieber and ASLA designer Mary Deweese to create an outfield fit for the ultimate Cubs fan: An outdoor living room with a gazebo and a custom Chicago-style stone pizza oven. Next door, Plesac works with general contractor Mike Basile and designer Jerry Pence to give the Weiss family, avid Cardinals fans, a ballpark-themed space that includes: a baseball-themed pond-less water feature and an outdoor luxury suite with a kitchen and fireplace. Also part of the one-hour special, Hassan is the guest of honor at Busch Stadium as he throws out the first pitch at a Cubs vs. Cardinals game.

This is the second time DIY Network is teaming up with MLB Network. In 2009, they created the ultimate Windy City baseball lounge for an avid Chicago White Sox fan for a special episode of the popular series Man Caves.

For a sneak peek at Yard War: Baseball, click here.

DIY Network, from the makers of HGTV and Food Network, is the go-to destination for rip-up, knock-out home improvement television. DIY Network’s programs and experts answer the most sought-after questions and offer creative projects for do-it-yourself enthusiasts. One of the fastest growing digital networks and currently in more than 53 million homes, DIY Network’s programming covers a broad range of categories, including home improvement and landscaping. The network’s award-winning website,, is a leader in the Nielsen Online Home and Garden category and features multiple resources, including thousands of do-it-yourself home improvement projects, expert advice, how-to videos and images, and user-friendly reference guides with step-by-step instructions.

MLB Network launched on January 1, 2009 as the largest debut in cable television history and is currently available in approximately 55 million cable, telco, TV and satellite homes throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico. In its inaugural year, MLB Network was honored with four Sports Emmy Awards and 12 nominations by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. With live games, original programming, highlights, classic games, and coverage of baseball events, MLB Network is the ultimate television destination for baseball fans. MLB Network is available nationwide on DIRECTV Ch. 213. For more information and to find MLB Network in your area, go to, or

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