Kauffman Stadium fountain leak delays Indians-Royals
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A game between the Kansas City Royals and Cleveland Indians was delayed 30 minutes Friday night after a pipe burst near Kauffman Stadium’s iconic outfield fountains, causing flooding on the right field warning track.
Water began leaking onto the field in the top of the fourth inning. Relievers in the Royals bullpen yelled to alert stadium officials to the problem, triggering the stoppage.
As maintenance personnel worked to stop the flow of water, more than a dozen grounds crew members armed with squeegees wicked water from the warning track as it poured from under the fence. They created a sandbag barrier to keep standing water from reaching the outfield grass.
The Royals led 3-2 at the time of the delay thanks to All-Star catcher Salvador Perez’s 454-foot, opposite-field home run in the first inning, a drive that landed in the fountains.
Perez promised a wheelchair-bound fan, Colin Couch, that he would hit a home run after meeting him on the field before the game, according to the team’s Twitter page and broadcaster Steve Physioc.
Perez, a six-time All-Star and four-time Gold Glove Award winner, who is going by the name “El Nino” on the back of his jersey for players’ weekend — delivered in his first at-bat.