Sideline reporters have long paused their postgame interviews with baseball players who get a towel full of shaving cream thrown in their face. Whoever is being interviewed on the field is always the star of the game, the shaving cream a part of baseball's postgame celebration ritual.
For San Diego Padres sideline reporter Kelly Crull, formerly of the Oklahoma City Thunder, chatting with right fielder Will Venable about his May 29 game-winning hit seemed as ordinary as every other time she had done it.
Then came the Gatorade.
“Oh my goodness, this is cold,” Crull said she was thinking. She also said she saw Padres first baseman Yonder Alonso coming out of the corner of her eye but didn't want to alert Venable.
“I love that part of baseball,” she said in a phone interview.
The Gatorade bath is a staple in football. Occasionally, basketball players douse their coaches after a big win.
The trend is new to baseball, however.
“I knew in a walk-off something like that would happen,” she said, referring to the shaving cream in the face. As for a Gatorade bath, Crull never thought it would happen once, much less twice.
Two days later, in the early hours following a 17-inning marathon with the Toronto Blue Jays, Crull interviewed that game's star, left fielder Jesus Guzman, who also hit a walk-off RBI single.
But this interview was definitely different. Guzman diverted Crull's attention from Everth Cabrera, who approached from behind, Gatorade cooler in tow. Guzman then held Crull in place while Cabrera doused the reporter for the second time in three days.
“I was his shield,” Crull said. Fortunately, the second cooler was full of water.
Crull said she was having fun with the whole thing, and that a fan even sent her a poncho to wear in the future.