Padres players use infield tarp as Slip’N Slide during rain delay (video)
Tuesday’s tilt between the San Diego Padres and Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park was delayed prior to game time due to rainstorms, so what better way to pass the time than by reliving one’s youth by utilizing an infield tarp as arguably the largest Slip’N Slide in the history of mankind?
That’s what Padres teammates Everth Cabrera and Yasmani Granda did at least, removing their uniforms for some pretty amazing slides where both players — especially Cabrera — managed to pull off some pretty amazing slides, especially as said slides pertained to distance:
Wow. Damn impressive sliding technique.
Sadly, the Citizens Bank Park grounds crew eventually had enough of the shenanigans from these two wisenheimers, apparently chasing them off the field.
ground crew member chased the Padres off the tarp. #BOO!
— John Finger (@jrfingerCSN) June 10, 2014
But it was fun while it lasted, I bet.
As anyone else of a certain age may remember, while an amazing concept in theory, a Slip’N Slide in practice wasn’t all that great. Sure, you’d get a few good slides, but ultimately the tarp would get all screwed up, twisted around and end up a total mess, unsuitable for sliding. Or it would tear. Or some kid would take such an aggressive run at the sliding surface he would shoot past the end of the Slip’N Slide, spill out into the street and get hit by a passing car.
Well, either that or some sliding kid would get a lawn dart embedded in the back of his skull due to an errant throw from a game of Jarts taking place nearby.
Seriously, how did kids our age make it out of our childhoods alive? Sheesh.