The Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres braved the elements on Saturday as dark clouds hovered over Petco Park and rain fell throughout portions of the game.
While the rain wasn’t hard enough to cause a delay or stop play entirely, Scott Van Slyke felt it necessary to protect himself against the weather. SportsNet LA cameras caught Van Slyke standing in the dugout during the fifth inning with a makeshift umbrella created with a baseball bat and towel.
After scoring on Howie Kendrick’s two-run home run, Adrian Gonzalez approached Van Slyke, presumably to ask about his invention, and laughed at the Dodgers’ outfielder as he walked away. Van Slyke, who is one of the more outgoing players on the roster, is no stranger to being the center of attention and source of in-dugout entertainment.
Last season the Dodgers successfully affixed a bundle of matches to the back of his cleat using gum and lit them of fire to complete the “hot foot” prank during a home game against the St. Louis Cardinals.
The Dodgers have had plenty to laugh about in their two wins over the Padres as Juan Uribe wore the wrong road jersey in the first inning of Friday’s series opener.