During Wednesday's 10-2 Indians win over the D-backs, Kipnis was one of the handful of players who were mic'd up for MLB Network's broadcast. In the home half of the second inning, the young second baseman softly broke into song, putting his own spin on Adele's "Someone Like You."
Kipnis said on Thursday he often sings to himself while in the field.
"There's literally a bunch of times that no one notices," Kipnis said. "I'll just be singing under my breath. I don't want to get too loud and be distracting other people. I don't need [first baseman Casey] Kotchman staring at me and wondering what the heck is going on or what this kid is doing.
"It's just something that I always do. It keeps me relaxed and loose out there."
It was easy to think that Kipnis was just enjoying the spotlight during the national broadcast, especially given what he posted on Twitter earlier in the day. @TheJK_Kid tweeted, "Wearin a Mic for today's game.. Gotta go warm up the vocals! Always singin but now I got an audience! #nervous #timeforsomeadele."
The performance was clearly premeditated, but Kipnis said that was only because he saw an online video early Wednesday that showed a New York subway performer singing the same song while awaiting a train.
"I knew what song was already in my head," Kipnis said with a laugh. "So I knew that was going to be coming out at some point during the game."
As for being mic'd up, Kipnis said, "It was cool. I wouldn't say I would do it every single game, because it definitely limits your communication between teammates and the coaches, too. ... At the same time, I saw a couple clips, and it's cool hearing the crack of the bat that close. It's cool hearing the slides and all that stuff."
Of course, fans also got to hear Kipnis' attempt at a music career.
"You get to embarrass yourself in front of a national audience, too," he said with a laugh. "That's another one of the perks."