Kipnis has been vague about the origins of the humorous tees, but the Tribe's second baseman laughed and elaborated in more detail after the Indians' 9-3 rout of the Tigers on Friday night. Kipnis was understandably in a good mood after launching two home runs and collecting four RBIs in the victory for Cleveland.
"I break it, you fix it," Kipnis said with a laugh. "That's down below where the cameras can't go."
What has Kipnis broken?
"Anything I can lift, usually," he said. "I've got a nice little tab going on downstairs. If some guys say we need a new fan or [air conditioner], and I go 0-for-3 or something like that, I'm a team player. I'll help them out and knock it out of the wall and we'll have a new one there the next day."
Kipnis has saved the damage for on the field lately. With his showing on Friday night, the second baseman has posted a .319 average with three extra-base hits, five stolen bases, six RBIs, nine runs scored and an .842 OPS in his last 11 games, entering Saturday's doubleheader in Detroit. He ended a drought of 218 plate appearances without a home run on Friday, and then belted homers in consecutive at-bats.
On the season, Kipnis has hit .257 with five homers, 13 stolen bases, 20 extra-base hits, 28 RBIs, 36 runs and .706 OPS through 69 games.
"I can go through a lot of breaks in power," Kipnis said. "But, I think you guys have seen [homers] come in bunches for me. Hopefully, it's a sign of something good. Let's really hope that it is."
Kipnis cracked a smile when asked who was behind the T-shirts.
"The secret guy behind everything: Corey Kluber," Kipnis said. "Any time you don't think it's him, it's him."
Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, and follow him on Twitter @MLBastian. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.