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Thunder Scares Yankees, Red Sox Players During Rain-Shortened Game

Thunderclap NEWMAN! (But hear me and hear me well!)

The players in the Yankees’ and Red Sox’ dugouts may be on opposite sides of a historic rivalry but they have at least one thing in common: Thunder is scary.

With a storm having sent the players to their respective dugouts during a rain delay at Yankee Stadium on Sunday night, both teams were startled by a loud boom of thunder in the Bronx. ESPN cameras showed the reactions of players in both dugouts, notably New York’s Brett Gardner and Boston’s Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

Led by the Boston catcher, a few Red Sox players immediately darted to the locker room.

Repoz Posted: June 03, 2013 at 05:17 AM | 29 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. ntr RdP Posted: June 03, 2013 at 06:14 AM (#4458841)
This was God's way of telling the Yankees that their deal with the Devil can't last. Vernon Wells is exhibit A.
   2. depletion Posted: June 03, 2013 at 08:05 AM (#4458848)
It's like thunder, lightning,
the way you love me is frightening.
I'd better knock, on wood, baby.

Eddie Floyd, Steve Cropper
   3. Steve Balboni's Personal Trainer Posted: June 03, 2013 at 08:19 AM (#4458850)
Poor Buchholz. All that rain washed away the illegal substances from his jersey.
   4. bigglou115 is not an Illuminati agent Posted: June 03, 2013 at 08:25 AM (#4458852)
Led by the Boston catcher, a few Red Sox players immediately darted to the locker room.


I have a friend who was hit by lightning. He's got these weird spider web like scars running across his body from it. After hearing him describe the experience (and the fact that he claims that the lightning strike is the reason he's bald), I have to say Salty had the right idea.
   5. Jose is Absurdly Correct but not Helpful Posted: June 03, 2013 at 08:31 AM (#4458854)
The Sox had a game in Baltimore around 2000-2001 where there was a massive thunderclap like that one while the game was going on. I'm 90% certain that Nomar wet himself and the guys sprinted off the field without waiting for the umps to say anything. It was one of the funnier things I've ever seen.
   6. Misirlou cut his hair and moved to Rome Posted: June 03, 2013 at 08:37 AM (#4458855)
Eddie Floyd, Steve Cropper


I just saw Steve Cropper on Friday night.
   7. just plain joe Posted: June 03, 2013 at 10:04 AM (#4458912)
The wheel is turning and you can't slow down,
You can't let go and you can't hold on,
You can't go back and you can't stand still,
If the thunder don't get you then the lightning will.

   8. 1k5v3L Posted: June 03, 2013 at 11:21 AM (#4458992)
Brandon Jacobs was at the ballpark?
   9. catomi01 Posted: June 03, 2013 at 11:23 AM (#4458997)
The Sox had a game in Baltimore around 2000-2001 where there was a massive thunderclap like that one while the game was going on. I'm 90% certain that Nomar wet himself and the guys sprinted off the field without waiting for the umps to say anything. It was one of the funnier things I've ever seen.


Had a game like that one time - I was pitching and we were rushing to get it in before a storm came in...I threw a pitch just after a flash of lightning lit up the sky behind homeplate, their batter hit a fly ball to RC...I turned around expecting to see it being caught....only to see my outfielders halfway to the dugout already...
   10. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: June 03, 2013 at 11:36 AM (#4459006)
No baseball thread about lightning should pass without a mention of the great Shoeless Joe Willie Tasby, who got so freaked out by lightning in the outfield that he took off his cleats and put them in the bullpen, finishing the game in his stockings.
   11. Fancy Pants Handle struck out swinging Posted: June 03, 2013 at 11:56 AM (#4459032)
No baseball thread about lightning should pass without a mention of the great Shoeless Joe Willie Tasby, who got so freaked out by lightning in the outfield that he took off his cleats and put them in the bullpen, finishing the game in his stockings.

It's worth noting, that contrary to popular opinion, the type of shoes you are wearing will not make a fig of difference to a bolt of lightning.
   12. base ball chick Posted: June 03, 2013 at 11:57 AM (#4459035)
at least the players got good sense

the umps/FO/owners/manager - no

i remember a game in saint looey bout 4 years ago, where lance berkman talked about why the players all came in and went downstairs in the lightning and incredible rain before the umps got around to calling time

it is ridiculous playing in downpours - can't hold the ball, can't see the ball
   13. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: June 03, 2013 at 12:22 PM (#4459072)
It's worth noting, that contrary to popular opinion, the type of shoes you are wearing will not make a fig of difference to a bolt of lightning.

Especially when you're like Tasby, who was standing in a ####### puddle of water when he removed them.
   14. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: June 03, 2013 at 12:29 PM (#4459080)

The Sox had a game in Baltimore around 2000-2001 where there was a massive thunderclap like that one while the game was going on. I'm 90% certain that Nomar wet himself and the guys sprinted off the field without waiting for the umps to say anything. It was one of the funnier things I've ever seen.

I was at the New York Giants first game of the 2000 season when something similar happened. A thunderstorm broke out (may have been before the game actually started), there was one very loud burst of thunder, and the players got off the fied in a hurry. Afterwards while watching the news, we learned that lightning had struck a car in the parking lot. The car exploded and someone caught it on camera.
   15. rr Posted: June 03, 2013 at 12:32 PM (#4459082)
They needed Ted's Thunder Song(language NSFW)
   16. You can keep your massive haul Posted: June 03, 2013 at 01:58 PM (#4459205)
Wouldn't the lightning be much more likely to hit the lights of the stadium or fans than somebody on the field?
   17. Sweatpants Posted: June 03, 2013 at 02:00 PM (#4459209)
Ray Caldwell would've shaken his head in disgust.
   18. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: June 03, 2013 at 03:38 PM (#4459304)
Then Chapman and Speaker walked, Joe Harris sacrificed, Willie Gardner grounded out, Chapman scoring, Dugan threw Bill Wambsganss' grounder wide and Speaker scored.


Small ball FTW!
   19. Sunday silence: Play Guess How long season lasts Posted: June 03, 2013 at 03:59 PM (#4459321)
as a fan, I havent been at too many rain delays, but that has to got be very dangerous. Not everyone can fit in the concourse, or maybe they can nowadays.
   20. BDC Posted: June 03, 2013 at 04:23 PM (#4459344)
Single loudest thunderclap I ever heard was at this game last year. There's probably something about modern stadiums that amplifies the noise, just as it does with that ####### between-innings music.
   21. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: June 03, 2013 at 04:40 PM (#4459360)
as a fan, I havent been at too many rain delays, but that has to got be very dangerous. Not everyone can fit in the concourse, or maybe they can nowadays.


what is dangerous about it? you think people are going to crush others to death?
   22. Fancy Pants Handle struck out swinging Posted: June 03, 2013 at 06:20 PM (#4459412)
Wouldn't the lightning be much more likely to hit the lights of the stadium or fans than somebody on the field?

It's not unheard of for players to get hit by lightning.
   23. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: June 03, 2013 at 06:36 PM (#4459429)
Geez, these guys are worse than my cat. Just make sure not to hold that iron handrail at the top of the dugout and you should be fine.
   24. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: June 03, 2013 at 06:50 PM (#4459433)
Ever since the Yankees got rid of Don Zimmer and the metal plate in his head, everyone's in danger.
   25. Brian White Posted: June 03, 2013 at 06:58 PM (#4459440)
Single loudest thunderclap I ever heard was at this game last year. There's probably something about modern stadiums that amplifies the noise, just as it does with that ####### between-innings music.


I remember hearing about that one. Video of the lightning strike.

Its interesting to see how the different players react. Josh Willingham, on first, hits the deck. Elvis Andrus and Adrian Beltre immediately head for the dugout. Meanwhile, Ian Kinsler doesn't really seem to care.
   26. zenbitz Posted: June 03, 2013 at 07:10 PM (#4459446)
I don't see how a big ol baseball stadium isn't one of the safest places you can be in a thunderstorm. How big was the stadium in south africa where lighting hit the pitch?
   27. smileyy Posted: June 03, 2013 at 07:20 PM (#4459452)
I don't see how a big ol baseball stadium isn't one of the safest places you can be in a thunderstorm. How big was the stadium in south africa where lighting hit the pitch?


Are you willing to bet your life on that?

Keep in mind the instinct was probably developed in high school, college and minor league stadiums, where the tallest things around them (seats, light towers) may not have been quite as high.
   28. McCoy Posted: June 03, 2013 at 07:23 PM (#4459454)
Are you willing to bet your life on that?

Clearly the safest option would be to wear a Yankees cap to an Orioles game.
   29. Sunday silence: Play Guess How long season lasts Posted: June 03, 2013 at 07:25 PM (#4459457)
I still dont think they quite know how lightening actually does discharge. Latest theory from Germany claims cosmic waves actually hit the storm clouds and create some sort of excess of electrons or something.

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