Sunday, July 8, 2012 , Updated 6:00 a.m., July 9, 2012
Video: Lightning sends Rangers players running for cover
The Twins' centerfielder "thought Jesus was comin!"
ARLINGTON During Sunday night's Texas Rangers vs. Minnesota Twins game, a loud bolt of lightning sent a gaggle of ball players running for the sidelines at Ballpark in Arlington. The lightning and thunder caused a rain delay in the top of the fourth inning. And it scared the bejeezus out of just about everyone in the stadium.
The Rangers later won the 13-inning game, 4-3.
The Associated Press reports that "Texas Rangers catcher Mike Napoli and Minnesota batter Ryan Doumit quickly scrambled to their respective dugouts and base runner Josh Willingham dropped to his knees..." when the lightning struck. No one was hurt, and there was no damage.
Rangers Lightning (July 8)
Tweeted Twins centerfielder Denard Span: "That's the loudest noise I've ever heard. I thought Jesus was comin!"
Rangers fan Bob Pike cleverly resurrected the hashtag #Boomshit (a play on Rangers player Nelson Cruz's nickname, Boomstick). As in, "We're gonna need ~30,000 new pairs of undies at the ballpark...STAT."
UPDATE: Napoli half apologizes for running off the field: "The replay of this lightning strike has me cracking up," he wrote on Twitter. "I can't stop laughing. It was a reaction and I was out of there. Look at the 1b [first base] coach."
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