Stadium Employee Thrown By Tarp While Covering Field During Thunderstorm
Most of us have been at a baseball game of some kind when a thunderstorm rolls in and we get to watch the well organized field maintenance people cover the field with the big tarp. It's almost mesmerizing to see them run out like a crack-team of people who spent years training for this moment, rolling the tarps out so fluidly that it doesn't seem like water even hit the infield.
Things were going just like that for a field team in Birmingham, Alabama, who were trying to cover their field as a thunderstorm quickly rolled in. The employees of Regions Field, home of the Birmingham Barons, took to work to protect the infield.
Well, holding a 100+ foot tarp as the front line winds of a storm roll in just spells disaster, and one poor employee got thrown up over the tarp as he tried to hold it down.
When he hit the ground, he slid across the wet, slick surface, covering a distance of at least 15-20 feet after he made touchdown.
It doesn't look like sliding halfway from the outfield to home plate hurt him any, because he jumped back up and ran to grab the tarp again, this time with an army of help who ran onto the field to help him out.