CLEVELAND -- A long, rainy night made Mike Aviles silly -- and slippery.
Aviles led a charge of Indians players who did several headfirst slides across the tarp before Tuesday night's game between Arizona and Cleveland was postponed after a rain delay of 3 hours, 40 minutes that began in the top of the fourth inning.
Aviles, along with teammates Jason Kipnis and Lonnie Chisenhall, emerged from the dugout and entertained the couple of hundred fans who waited until 11:37 p.m. to finally found out the game would not be re-started.
"It may or not have been mine," Aviles said when asked whose idea it was to start the tarp slide. "When you get to a point where it's 11 o'clock or 11:30 and you're going to play or not play, you get real restless. I was getting restless. It's not good for a person with my energy to sit around with nothing to do."
The game will be played as part of a traditional doubleheader on Wednesday starting at 4:05 p.m.
The Indians led 1-0 when the delay began at 7:57 p.m. The tarp was pulled off the field around 11 p.m. with the plan of starting about a half hour later, but a heavy storm hit again and the game was quickly called.
Aviles said he asked permission from Indians manager Terry Francona whether they could slide on the tarp.
"He didn't really say no, but he didn't really say yes," Aviles said. "I didn't hear no. It was like a maybe. You've got to read between the lines."
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