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Photo: Dazzling lightning show interrupts Double-A Midland RockHounds game

Mark Townsend
Big League Stew

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(James Durbin/Midland Reporter-Telegram via @RockHounds)

Don’t let the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees see that wild photo above. It might bring back too many uncomfortable memories.

The photo actually comes from Thursday night when the Midland RockHounds — Double-A affiliate of the Oakland A’s — were taking on the San Antonio Missions — San Diego Padres affiliate — in a Texas League matchup. After five innings were complete, a nasty thunderstorm with heavy rain moved into the area and forced the game to be suspended with the score tied 2-2 (San Antonio would win it 6-2 in 10 innings on Friday).

As you can clearly see, the storm brought with it some very dangerous lightning strikes that made it necessary to clear the stadium and move all 5,261 fans into a safer area. Thankfully, they were able to do so without incident, but we’re also kind of happy James Durbin of the Midland Reporter-Telegram held his position long enough to get the amazing photo.

Seriously, you could try a thousand times and not come up with a storm photo that spectacular. Well done, Mr. Durbin. And thank you for sharing it with the world!

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