The San Diego Padres dugout had to fight more boredom during a rain delay in their game at the Philadelphia Phillies. What better way to wash away the doldrums of another road trip that with a slip n slide session? That’s exactly what a couple players had in mind.
Per the video embedded via MLB.com, San Diego’s Yasmani Grandal and Everth Cabrera took to the tarp covering the field during the rain delay to get their slide on, much to the enjoyment of the fans in the park.
It was likely the biggest cheers the Padres incited from the Philadelphia crowd all game.
The second slide is clearly the best. I would gauge a solid slip n slide move by how much you can get your Superman on mid-slide. The higher those arms go, the higher your slide score. That second slide sees the guy’s arms raised practically sky high. Great form.
An MLB tarp is almost certainly a safer bet for a slip and slide than those ones you always had to buy then stake to the ground. I could never just dive in and slide because I was worried I’d catch a stake and take a long scratch across my stomach and ribs. Or if the thing had a dry patch, I’d worry about catching a slide burn. Say what you will, but I’m a writer, not a warrior. Clearly these two athletes had no such concerns.
The Phillies defeated the Padres 5-2 in action, so perhaps next time slip and sliding can be put on hiatus for more productive rain-delay activities. Sadly I can think of none at press time.