|Drew Butera goofs in the rain on Sunday in Cleveland.|
This kind of thing — a player going out during a rain delay and sliding on the tarp — happens occasionally, but nobody ever did it with more flair than Rick Dempsey, who I think started the whole thing.
Once a year or so Dempsey would provide some entertainment for those fans sticking around during a rain delay with his Babe Ruth act. He would stuff a pillow or two under his uniform shirt and mimic the Bambino: Stand at home plate left handed and pantomime the Babe's swing, then trot down to first base —and then start doing belly-whopper slides into second, third and home.
Dempsey was the king of the rain delay sliders. All others are pale imitations.