Frigid Temperatures Forcing MLB Teams To Celebrate Walk-Off Wins By Dousing Players With Gatorade Jugs Filled With Boiling Water
April 16th - Baseball season is well underway, but freezing temperatures and major storms have wreaked havoc on games throughout the first few weeks of the season, causing several postponements and miserable playing conditions. Due to the frigid temperatures, teams have decided to tweak the standard celebration for walk-off home runs, and will no longer be throwing Gatorade coolers filled with ice water onto the player who had the game-winning hit.
The change in victory celebration is quite the relief for the majority of players, who are practically numb after playing a three-hour baseball game in temperatures that are approaching the freezing mark.
“It’s just too damn cold out here to be getting icy liquids thrown on you after you win the game,” said Buck Showalter, the manager of the Baltimore Orioles. “We don’t need players who are already frozen from the elements receiving any additional shocks to their systems. Hypothermia is a very serious matter. Therefore, we’ve decided to replace the ice water in the Gatorade coolers with boiling water, which will be used only for victory celebrations and for an occasional cup of hot chocolate throughout the game.”
Wilmer Flores, a member of the New York Mets organization who hit a walk-off home run just yesterday, voiced his approval of the new tradition.
“It was freezing out there today. I barely had any feeling left in my body after circling the bases,” said Flores. “Let me just say, it was quite the relief to feel the scalding sensation of boiling hot water drenching my skin as I crossed home plate to give my team the victory.”