All sports fans know that feeling that you’re going to miss something the moment you walk away from a game, even if just for a minute. We convince ourselves that we are the cog in which the sports world turns on, and if we walk away, something big is going to happen one way or the other.
Such was the case last night, when I stepped away from game 2 of the Blue Jays series with the Tampa Bay Rays. You see, being the good father that I am, it was my turn to read to my sons and get them into bed. Now normally, I’ll bring the phone with me and keep MLB At-Bat on, just to make sure I’m covered. Last night I didn’t and I missed this gem!
When I returned, my MLB.tv showed that the game was in rain delay. Now, this caused all sorts of confusion, especially considering the Rays play in a dome without a retractable roof. That confusion was belayed a bit when it was revealed a couple of banks of lights had gone out and the game was delayed while they fixed them. Mystery solved.
What I wasn’t prepared for was seeing Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera going into apparent cardiac arrest over a clap of thunder that boomed outside in the top of the third inning. It was incredibly priceless to see Melky’s reaction when the boom went off above his head, clearly on the other side of the still intact roof.
Cabrera was visibly shaken by the thunder, taking a moment to step out of the batters box and let his heart calm down a bit before resuming his at bat. Melky would later fly out to finish the at-bat.
Needless to say, I think it’s safe to say that Melky doesn’t do well during thunder storms, and there is only one cure for that.