Saturday, July 27, 2013

Have you ever seen this?

From last night's Albuquerque Isotopes game. No one told me it was "Monsoon Season." Watch the tarpaulin go flying. The fans did get to see eleven minutes of baseball though, before the storm hit. So it was a great night out.

14 comments:

15-Seconds said...

Doh!

Brent said...

Your monsoon must have been moving west to east - Tucson got hit mid-afternoon and the dugouts were flooded clear up to the field level.

Have to admit I never in my life thought I'd see "monsoon" and "Albuquerque" in the same sentence.

Jonas "Big Jo" Grumby said...

But fortunately, Gilligan was not lost at sea this time. Quite a storm, it could've blown Al Roker off his diet.

Pamela Jaye said...

I've never seen the wind, but I've seen two big rain storms in Tucson. The flooding in the roads - particularly in the intersections was something I'd never seen.
Then I learned that floods at the other end of my street in Salem, had people being removed by rowboat....

Ed Dempsey said...

In my younger days I was a member of the Baltimore Orioles ground crew. A runaway tarp can be a terrifying thing especially when you fall while trying to pull it on. If you're stuck under it when it drops its going to be an ugly experience. Fortunately, I only fell when I was near the end and had a quick escape route along the side.

During the '72 season, a year before I started, the Orioles were playing the Tigers when Hurricane Agnes hit. It was a mess when they finally tried to pull the tarp on the field. People got bogged down on the infield mud and began slipping under the weight of the tarp. Eventually they just had to leave it in place and run for cover.

Fun times, fun times.

B. Spiegelman said...

Five minutes of the Isotopes had to more entertaining than the three hours of the Giants game last night. Although as a Dodger's fan you probably would have found more entertainment in the loss than I did.

bruce said...

To B. Spiegelman:

As a Cubs fan, I thought last night's game was like looking in a mirror. If the image in the mirror has two World Series trophies in the last three years and you don't.

VP81955 said...

As a Cubs fan, I thought last night's game was like looking in a mirror. If the image in the mirror has two World Series trophies in the last three years and you don't.

Or, as is the case on the North Side of Chicago, two World Series trophies in the past 107 seasons. (Oopsie, I stand corrected -- the Cubs were playing on the West Side then.)

Sorry for the snark, but in this disaster of a Nats season, I needed to use it on someone else for once.

Colin Holmes said...

You're to blame? I always thought of the Dukes as one of the classic minor league team names - Fort Worth Cats, Memphis Chicks, Durham Bulls, Louisville Redbirds...

Any news on a new announcing gig? We could really use you on the TV side in Texas. Really. Possibly desperately. Unless, of course, you're biding your time sending Vin Scully email offers for free skydiving and lion taming classes?

Cap'n Bob said...

I had enough of monsoons after a year+ in Nam. It makes Washington State seem like a drought area.

Jeffro said...

It almost happened a few years ago at a Padres game. 360 sunny days a year in San Diego and I take a trip their for their five rain-filled ones. Anyway, a weak microburst came in suddenly minutes before first pitch and while the grounds crew were rushing to get the tarp on, a gust of wind blew it up in the air. No one went flying with it though, and they got the air out of it out in just enough time before anyone lost control of it. I had a feeling that the crew might not have been used to getting the tarp on rapidly, and if it were at Miami with the old Joe Robbie crew, then the tarp would have went on with no blow-ups.

Alan C said...

I hope Dancin' Homer wasn't hurt!

Storm said...

'Topes lose! 'Topes lose!

(Someone had to do it)

Cheers, thanks a lot,

Storm

Andrew Radford said...

I was a game in St. Louis in 2006 when a sudden storm came up. The put the tarp on the field and the parked riding mowers on top of it because of the wind. The wind ended up tearing the tarp in half.