The infields at Anaheim Stadium and Wrigley Field are oddly similar: The grass is nearly as high as an elephant's knee and the dirt in front of the plate is almost mushy. The thick growth slows down grounders, and the loosely packed soil cuts down on high choppers, conditions that aid the Angels' and Cubs' aging infielders. That group consists of five Angels—Rod Carew, 37, Bobby Grich, 34, and Doug DeCinces, Tim Foli and Rick Burleson, all 32—plus Cubs Larry Bowa, 37, and Ron Cey, 35. Such groundskeeping apparently has helped. At week's end California was 22-17 at home, 39-37 overall on natural fields and 6-6 on synthetic surfaces. Chicago was 24-16 at home and 34-31 in all games on grass and had the second-worst record in the National League on ersatz greenery—7-18.