CLEVELAND, Ohio — Bear in mind the notorious triple-dog dare scene in “A Christmas Story” that observed Ralphie’s buddy Flick get his tongue stuck to a frozen steel pole? The Cleveland Indians sure do.
With wind chills exceeding -25 levels throughout Northeast Ohio this week, the Tribe’s Twitter account issued a challenge to fans: Retweet a post a person million situations and somebody from the club would lick the frozen steel foul pole at Progressive Subject.
“No,” Indians Twitter explained. “We’re not warm nonetheless. Sure, we will do it.”
The challenge was far too juicy for some fans to go up as the post was re-tweeted much more than 42,000 situations in the upcoming 24 hrs. Meanwhile, the challenge elicited responses from various groups, both locally and throughout Big League Baseball.
As the post circulated close to social media, anxious local utilities operators tweeted their help and their information if the club actually experienced to go as a result of with the dare.
Then the club’s spring teaching home in Goodyear, Arizona stepped in with its very own, hotter edition of the challenge.
Even Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer chimed in, declaring he encouraged that so lots of fans desired him to be part of in the pole-licking choices.
Of course, some fans observed the challenge as an prospect to perform newbie GM and make jokes about the club’s latest roster situation.
Teams and fans from Milwaukee and Chicago experienced their very own normally takes on Ohio’s chilly snap. Eventually the conversation devolved into a levels of competition to see which baseball fans endure as a result of the coldest climate (Brewers fans were straight away disqualified, for the reason that, you know… roof).
But by Thursday afternoon, the Indians admitted it didn’t search like they would achieve their purpose. They posted a picture of an nameless worker coming thiiiiiiis shut to sticking his tongue to the still left field foul pole without the need of actually touching it.