As rain pummeled down at Nationals Park on Wednesday night, one fan dropped down from the stands and onto the warning track. And then he dropped his drawers. And shirt. And anything else he was wearing.
The streaker raced toward the infield, using the tarp as a slip-and-slide. But unlike many streakers who come without a plan and are quickly escorted off the field and toward a night in jail, this streaker had an idea.
He slid toward the tarp roller and burrowed his way into the tube, evading security.
Of course, while creative, the streaker’s charade didn’t last long. He was promptly removed, handcuffed and taken away. There should be points given for creativity, but the end result was the same for this streaker as every other streaker.
He was some much-needed entertainment for fans, though, who otherwise sat through a lengthy delay. The game remained in a weather delay for just over three hours before it was called.
The Nationals, who led the Reds 3-0 in the fourth inning, will resume the game Thursday at 2:05 p.m. before finishing the series Thursday night at 7:05 p.m. with a seven-inning contest.
It’s safe to say the streaker won’t be there to enjoy America’s Pastime on Thursday. But when there are innovators — using the tarp tube to hide — there are often imitators who follow.