Kevin Kiermaier is greasing himself up to stay warm, aka the Tom Coughlin move.
The weather in New York today is about as bad as it can possibly be. Not only are temperatures hovering around 40 degrees, it’s also windy and rainy. I wore my winter coat and boots to work. Kevin Kiermaier can’t do the same at his job—playing centerfield for the Rays against the Yankees in the Bronx—so he’s got a different idea.
Ok, I asked Kevin Kiermaier about the vaseline. He’s serious about it, and said he’s heard from other guys who have tried it that it’s just another layer the cold and wind has to go through. If nothing else, he says he’ll be properly moisturized after the game.— Lindsey Adler (@lindseyadler) April 3, 2018
In New York, we call this the Tom Coughlin.
The good news for Kiermaier is that the rain makes it unlikely this game will even be played, so he can stay nice and toasty in the clubhouse. The bad news is that trips to Boston and Chicago follow Tampa Bay’s current series in New York, and it’s not expected to be much warmer. Kiermaier might be greased up until the team returns to Tampa.
UPDATE: The game is going to start despite the rain, but Kiermaier now says he “forgot” to grease up and is going with two undershirts instead.
Sorry to disappoint the blown outta proportion comment about me possibly applyin vaseline to help keep me warm tonight. Forgot to put it on. Have my 2 under shirts on already and goin vaseline free. Print that folks.— Kevin Kiermaier (@KKiermaier39) April 3, 2018