A broken water pipe underneath the infield at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington caused the creation of a sinkhole behind the pitcher’s mound and its repair caused batting practice to be canceled before the Cleveland Indians-Texas Rangers game on Tuesday.
After digging down three feet to reach the broken pipe, grounds crew were able to repair the issue in about 2 1/2 hours and the game was played as scheduled, although both teams were forced to take batting practice in the ballpark’s indoor cages.
Crazy. Indians skipper Terry Francona, with his team on an eight-game slide and 12 losses in a row on the road, joked that he wasn’t responsible for the sinkhole as a way to get out of playing the game, saying, “‘I didn’t do it,” he said. ”We’re not there yet. We’re frustrated, but we’re not there.”
As noted, order was restored, the game was played and thankfully, no one was hurt. Imagine if the sinkhole would have opened up during the game. That could have been an ugly scene.