Kipnis makes most of open mic day

Kipnis makes most of open mic day

Kipnis makes most of open mic day
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Some players had fun with it. Others became uncharacteristically quiet. They could all at least agree that being mic'd up during Wednesday's 10-2 Cactus League win over the D-backs was a fun concept for the fans watching on MLB Network.

"I'm a fan of baseball," Indians third baseman Jack Hannahan said. "So if I was at home or whatever, I think it might be pretty cool. But, it's a little different being a part of it."

Hannahan was among the handful of Cleveland starters who were wearing microphones for in-game audio during the television broadcast. The third baseman said he did not feel like he could be himself, making the hot corner a quieter place than usual.

Then there was Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis. The young infielder had some fun with it, even breakig into song while standing at his position during an inning. Kipnis started softly singing one of Adele's hits.

"That's what I heard," Indians manager Manny Acta said with a laugh. "I'll be interested to see that."

Acta was also mic'd up, which is a concept that the manager thought was creative on the part of MLB Network. That said, Acta added that some of the conversations that take place on the bench throughout a game -- private chats between coaches, for example -- would not take place when millions of people have a chance to listen in.

"If everybody is listening to you, you're not going to say it," Acta said. "Those conversations just go out the window when you're mic'd."

Acta liked the idea, though.

"It' svery innovative," he said. "I think it's cool. In a way, it is cool for people to hear what's going on in there. A lot of those cliches that you use in the dugouts, if you use it out on the streets, people won't know what we're talking about. ... It'll be fun if the fans at home could hear some of that stuff."

Of course, the fans would not be hearing everything.

"It helped me clean up my language," Acta quipped.