Indians players turn tarp into giant Slip’N Slide during four-hour rain delay (video)
The Cleveland Indians and Arizona Diamondbacks waited it out as long as possible, but after a three-hour, 40-minute rain delay, the teams instead will play two on Wednesday at Progressive Field.
The delay began in the top of the 4th inning, so player were basically milling about as rain continued to pound the saturated field. After the rain delay starting at 7:57 p.m., the game ultimately was called at 11:37 p.m.
In the interim as the teams waited out the inclement weather, Indians utility man Mike Aviles came up with a brilliant idea: Instead of just sitting around, how about engaging in some skullduggery and turn the soaked infield tarp into an improvised Slip’N Slide?
Aviles asked Terry Francona for permission and apparently the Indians skipper did not technically say no.
“[Francona] didn’t really say no but he didn’t really say yes,” Aviles told the Cleveland Plain-Dealer. “I didn’t hear no. It’s like a maybe. You just have to read between the lines.”
As he was contemplating whether or not to take advantage of the inclement weather, Aviles said he even attempted to recruit Francona as a partner in his waterlogged shenanigans.
“I was like, ‘Tito, let’s go,'” Aviles said. “‘Tarp slide. Me and you. Let’s do it right now.’
“He was like, ‘Uh, I like my job.'”
After striking out with Francona, Aviles enlisted teammates Jason Kipnis and Lonnie Chisenhall in his childlike shenanigans, both of whom were more than happy to take pa.
So, after asking Francona one last time via a call on the bullpen phone, and allegedly not receiving a response indicating a firm yes or no, the trio were off.
Afterward, Kipnis explained how some thought went into the decision before the glorified soaked sliding ensued.
“We weighed the risk versus the reward and it was well worth it,” he said. “I got to tarp slide after a big league game. I’ve always wanted to do that. You see it on all those videos growing up as a kid. … You have to play this game as a fan sometimes.”
And Indians players weren’t the only ones to partake in some rain delay-inspired tomfoolery. The Diamondback tweeted out the below video of some strange dugout antics being perpetrated by outfielder David Peralta.
Who says rain delays are boring? http://t.co/3ic4jBH63q
— Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) August 13, 2014
Hoo boy. That’s awkward.