A sinkhole formed Tuesday next to the pitcher's mound at Rangers Ballpark when the pipe that's used to water the infield burst. The game went on as planned, but pre-game batting practice was canceled while the grounds crew fixed the pipe and the hole.
The whole ordeal was pretty ho-hum when all was said and done — but had the sinkhole not been discovered before the game, things could have gotten quite interesting. Imagine a game being played with a sinkhole on the field. We imagined it all right.
Here are a few things we might have seen, for better or worse:
• Nick Swisher falls down the sinkhole, gets covered in mutating slime and emerges as Michaelangelo from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. (Jason Giambi, of course, would be Master Splinter)
• Nelson Cruz falls down the hole. Bud Selig climbs out with a handcuffed Cruz, and tells us about his new plan to punish players with ties to Biogenesis.
• Lance Berkman drops the rest of his .154 June batting average down the hole, never to be found again until July.
• Upon realizing its too easy to strike batters out from the mound, Yu Darvish decides to pitch from inside the sinkhole.
• An ump blows a call and immediately shoots down the sinkhole, warping to Triple-A.
Alas, none of those things happened. The Indians beat the Rangers 5-2 in a pretty standard baseball game. Though, the Indians did halt their eight-game losing streak. Cowabunga!