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Royals’ Martin Maldonado made a rookie mistake with his first ‘Salvy Splash’

How the Salvy Splash became the Royals’ winning tradition

Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez has been tossing cold liquids onto teammates to celebrate wins for several seasons now. Fox Sports Kansas City announcer Joel Goldberg comments on what the Salvy Splash means to Royals fans.
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Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez has been tossing cold liquids onto teammates to celebrate wins for several seasons now. Fox Sports Kansas City announcer Joel Goldberg comments on what the Salvy Splash means to Royals fans.

With Royals catcher Salvador Perez sidelined for the season with an injured elbow, the “Salvy Splash” had been shelved.

However, after the Royals beat the Indians 9-8 on Sunday and finished a three-game sweep at Kauffman Stadium, new Royals catcher Martin Maldonado tried his hand at the “Salvy Splash.”

He made one rookie mistake: never use actual Gatorade.

Perez normally grabs a cooler with ice water to splash a teammate. But Hunter Dozier, who had the game-winning hit in the bottom of the ninth inning, was covered in sticky orange Gatorade.

Dozier couldn’t have cared less:

From covering the World Series to the World Cup, Pete has done a little bit of everything since joining The Star in 1997. He writes about baseball and has a quirky blog that augments The Star’s coverage of area teams.


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