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Cleveland Indians Stay Busy During Rain Delay by Using Tarp as Slip 'N Slide

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Kyle NewportFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 5, 2017

The Cleveland Indians went to Progressive Field on Tuesday expecting to play nine innings of baseball against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Instead, they got a few innings in before play was suspended due to a rain delay. 

Mike Aviles, Lonnie Chisenhall and Jason Kipnis made the best of the delay by using the soaked field tarp as a Slip 'N Slide. 

Given the risk of injury, the players wanted to get permission before they went sliding around on the wet tarp. Aviles said, via MLB.com's Jordan Bastian, that he asked Cleveland manager Terry Francona for permission: "I asked him if we could. He didn't really say, 'No,' but he didn't really say, 'Yeah.' I didn't hear a, 'No.' It was like a, 'Maybe.' It counts. You've just got to read between the lines."

Francona may not have made it clear that he approved of the activity, but the Indians' Twitter account did:

The game was eventually postponed after the rain delay lasted three hours and 40 minutes. Arizona and Cleveland will play a doubleheader Wednesday.

[MLB.com, Cleveland Indians]

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