Ah, the celebratory sports drink bath. All players must endure this wet, sugary ritual after they lead their teams to a big win. Sometimes the icy bath is unexpected, other times the recipient sees it coming but is forced to accept its inevitable discomfort.
Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus broke a 2-2 tie with the New York Yankees on Thursday with a triple in the bottom of the 6th inning, which ultimately counted as the game-winning hit. Andrus had a hunch a Powerade bath might be coming. While he was being interviewed after the game, he noticed two of his teammates sneaking over with large coolers in hand, and he reacted quickly—although not how you might expect. He didn’t run or avoid the bath. Instead, he accepted his fate but took a few seconds to make a necessary wardrobe change.
“I know it’s coming,” he told the Fox Sports Southwest reporter who was interviewing him. Andrus then removed the most important parts of his uniform—his blue and red Nike cleats and his Rangers cap. Finally, he was ready for teammates Rougned Odor and Hanser Albetro to pour the contents of their coolers of icy Powerade on his head.
Andrus not only drove in the game-winning run, he also saved his fresh Nike cleats and Rangers cap from getting soaked and sticky. What a hero!