MLB Opening Night 2012: St. Louis Cardinals' Rafael Furcal Drops His Trousers

Ian CasselberryMLB Lead WriterApril 5, 2012


Our last post about Wednesday night's opener between the St. Louis Cardinals and Miami Marlins got kind of serious, so let's look at a lighter moment from the evening before moving on to other stories.

Lance Berkman is not totally enamored with the new Marlins Park. He told's Ken Rosenthal that it was only a matter of time before those deep outfield fences would have to be moved in.

However, Cardinals teammate Rafael Furcal apparently became very comfortable, very quickly.

If you missed it during our live blog of Wednesday's game, ESPN cameras inadvertently caught Furcal standing in the dugout tunnel with his pants down as he presumably shook some dirt out or tucked his jersey back in properly. 

In other words, making himself at home pretty quickly.

It's like an acquaintance who enters your home and puts his feet on your coffee table or uses the bathroom with the door open on his first visit. Whoa, buddy—you're moving a little fast there!

Furcal's indiscretion wasn't exactly the 2012 version of Steve Lyons dropping his pants at first base in 1990 for all to see at Tiger Stadium. He was presumably out of fans' view, hiding in the privacy of a dugout tunnel.

However, the camera catches most everything these days. It's just a question of whether or not the footage makes it to the air. 

Surely, this happens all the time in dugouts. Furcal just happened to be standing in the wrong place, with the camera situated at the wrong angle for him.

Hey, at least he was wearing compression shorts underneath those pants.