Watch: MLB players spooked by loud thunder
(CBS/AP) In the fourth inning of the Twins-Rangers game on Sunday, Minnesota outfielder Ben Revere said his heart stopped. Texas manager Ron Washington said he thought his life was over.
No, the world was not coming to an end - but it sure sounded like it when a roaring clap of thunder and lightning bolt shook Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
After the bright flash and thunder when Rangers starter Roy Oswalt was preparing to throw a pitch in the fourth, catcher Napoli and Minnesota batter Ryan Doumit quickly scrambled to their respective dugouts. Baserunner Josh Willingham dropped to his knees near first base and the game was immediately stopped, about 10 minutes before the rain began.
"I thought I was dead," Rangers manager Ron Washington said.
Rangers officials said the lightning struck north of stadium and didn't hit the facility. There were no reports of damage or any injuries.
Twins right fielder Ben Revere tweeted during the ensuing delay:
My heart stopped when I heard the thunder at the stadium.. Glad no heard me scream like a little girl too!!! Lol— Ben Revere (@BenRevere9) July 9, 2012
Added Rangers star Michael Young: "That was the loudest thing I ever heard in my life, I don't even know how to describe it. It was crazy. Being on the field, it was nuts. ... It was interesting to see everyone's reaction, that's for sure. During the rain delay, we looked at the replay at least 40 times."
The rain delay lasted 46 minutes and the Rangers went on to win in extra innings. But after the game, people were still talking about the thunder clap.
Summed up Twins outfielder Denard Span on Twitter:
That's the loudest noise I've ever heard. I thought Jesus was comin!— Denard Span (@thisisdspan) July 9, 2012
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