Thunder, lightning during Sunday’s Twins-Rangers game sends players running for the hills

In the top of fourth inning during Sunday’s Twins-Rangers game, Roy Oswalt was facing Ryan Doumit when a loud thunder and lightning strike sent players running off the field. The simultaneous thunder clap and lightning strike was so loud it caused for great quotes from both players and managers alike.


Rangers manager Ron Washington is up first.

“I thought I was dead,” said Rangers manager Ron Washington

Short, but effective. Now Twins manager Ron Gardenhire.

“I’ve never heard anything like that,” said Twins manager Ron Gardenhire. “It scared everybody. I think you saw that. It was loud. It was the loudest I’ve ever heard. So right in the middle of it, that’s pretty amazing stuff.”

Rangers catcher Mike Napoli, despite wearing full catcher’s gear, was the first player off the field.

“I don’t remember what I was doing but it freaked me out,” Napoli said. “I went for cover but I don’t think that helped anything. It was so quick and, you see the flash, I don’t know. I just started running, for some odd reason, to the dugout. We watched the video about 40 times, just watching everybody on the field. Every time we watched it, we had a good laugh.”

Here’s video of what happened.

No one seems to have gotten hurt so we can laugh and joke now. But make no mistake about it, this was a scary scene.

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