(The Blaze/AP) -- Talk about an electrifying performance.
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 a bolt of lightning struck near Rangers Ballpark during Sunday night’s game.
Video shows the players scattering in every direction after what longtime Rangers Ballpark announcer Chuck Morgan deemed the loudest thunderclap in stadium history echoed through the stadium.
Surprisingly, though there were scattered storms in the surrounding area, no rain was falling when the lightning and thunder jolted nearly everyone in the ballpark in the top of the fourth inning.
“That’s the loudest noise I’ve ever heard. I thought Jesus was comin!,” Twins center fielder Denard Span tweeted during the ensuing delay.
Rangers right-hander Roy Oswalt was on the rubber preparing to throw a pitch when the flash and sound caused him to cringe. Napoli immediately took off running toward the dugout, as did Doumit. Willingham dropped in a heap, and first base coach Jerry White also squatted low before scrambling off the field.
Umpire crew chief Jeff Kellogg, who was at first base, immediately stopped the game and got the (remaining) players off the field.
Watch a clip of the rare event, via YouTube, below:
The grounds crew pulled the tarp over the infield, fighting gusty winds to get it in place. It started to rain about 10 minutes after play was stopped.
“My heart stopped when I heard the thunder at the stadium. Glad no one heard me scream like a little girl too!! Lol,” Twins right fielder Ben Revere tweeted.
Once in the dugout, Napoli was seen smiling while explaining himself to teammates.
Just before the game resumed following a 46-minute delay, when blue skies were again visible through some of the clouds, Rangers first baseman Michael Young was laughing while talking with Willingham and White, who by then had smiles on their faces.
On the first pitch thrown by Oswalt when the game resumed, Doumit grounded into an inning-ending double play.
Fans had been warned of the possibilities of storms in the area before the game began, but it seems no one was expecting what ensued.