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Royals catcher Salvy Perez's post-game celebrations make big splash

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Royals broadcaster Joel Golberg and outfielder Paulo Orlando are drenched in water by Salvy Perez after Sunday's win (AP) Royals broadcaster Joel Golberg and outfielder Paulo Orlando are drenched in water by Salvy Perez after Sunday's win (AP)
Kansas City Royals' Salvador Perez (13) dumps water on teammate Cheslor Cuthbert (19) following a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Kauffman Stadium on July 9 (AP) Kansas City Royals' Salvador Perez (13) dumps water on teammate Cheslor Cuthbert (19) following a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Kauffman Stadium on July 9 (AP)
Kansas City Royals' Salvador Perez pours water onto Jarrod Dyson after the Royals' baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays on July 8 in Kansas City. The Royals won 9-7. (AP) Kansas City Royals' Salvador Perez pours water onto Jarrod Dyson after the Royals' baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays on July 8 in Kansas City. The Royals won 9-7. (AP)
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

He no longer has to sneak a look at Royals broadcaster Joel Goldberg, tip toe up, put his finger up and mouth, "Shhhh."

All Royals fans and players now know that catcher Salvador "Salvy" Perez will have a bucket filled with water or Gatorade in hand after a home win. Salvy rushes the star being interviewed by Goldberg and dunks 'em.

If Goldberg is lucky, he sees Salvy bum rushing him and ducks out of the way.

He has worked out a routine with Kansas City Star photographer John Sleezer so he doesn't get in his way of him getting the best Salvy bath shots. It works. Most of the time anyway.

After Paulo Orlando hit a game-winning home run on Sunday, he knew what was coming. It was a blistering hot day at Kauffman Stadium and he spread his arms wide.

"I need it too because it's too hot," Orlando said.

Goldberg himself didn't do his usual Gatorade dash. He leaned forward and pointed his head underneath the pouring water. Some fans in the stands even get splashed.

But not everyone gets the Salvy-is-gonna-dump-water-on-someone memo. When the Royals beat the Red Sox, Goldberg knew to step out of the way when Salvy took aim at the player that he was interviewing him. However, the poor Red Sox reporter was drenched when Salvy took aim at centerfielder Lorenzo Cain, who she was interviewing. Her priceless reaction in Sleezer's photo went viral on social media.

"People say two things to me all the time. One, 'How's your dry cleaning bill?' I do pay for that. People say, 'Shouldn't Salvy pay for that?' I gotta get my stuff cleaned anyway so nah that's OK," Goldberg said. "Two, 'Are you gonna get wet tonight?' And I always say, 'I hope so because it means the Royals won.'"

Salvy will occasionally deviate from protocol.

After a 10-inning win on Sunday night baseball at Detroit, Salvy was up to his hijinks but this time on the road. He also doused first baseman Eric Hosmer with water in Game 2 of the ALDS after the Royals beat the Angels in Anaheim in 11 innings.

"The fans love it. Everybody loves it in the clubhouse," Salvy explains.

Well, maybe not everybody. Eighth-inning pitcher extraordinaire Wade "Check Please" Davis doesn't get dunked. For very good reasons. His glacial stare might freeze the water in the bucket.

So besides Davis, it's all in good fun especially during the dog days of summer.

"Thank you guys. Thank you for the support. I love you!" Salvy exclaims.

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