Storm knocks out power at Tropicana Field, fans treated to Bugs Bunny cartoons

Mark Townsend
Big League Stew
Storm knocks out power at Tropicana Field, fans treated to Bugs Bunny cartoons

The Tampa Bay Rays shouldn't have to plan "rain delay" programming for home games at the domed Tropicana Field. However, as we saw on Sunday afternoon, when Mother Nature is determined to delay a game, not much can stop her.

With the Angels leading the Rays 5-0 in the third inning, the action was delayed for 19 minutes when a confirmed lightning strike near the ballpark caused a power surge that knocked out some of the stadium's lighting.

The outage itself didn't last long. Within a few minutes power was restored, but the process of getting them back to full strength usually takes about 15 minutes. Once it was deemed that the field was properly lit, the players returned to the field and the game continued after a quick warmup.

Unfortunately, this is the second time this season such an event has occurred at the Trop. Back on May 6, their game against the Baltimore Orioles was also delayed by a power outage following a lighting strike. It's an annoyance and a pain, obviously, and the repeat won't lead to people looking at Tropicana Field more favorably, but there's not a lot that can be done to prevent something like this.

Mother Nature is and always will be undefeated. Remember that. 

What the Rays could control is providing solid entertainment. According to those in attendance, it sounds like they excelled in that department.  

You can never go wrong with Bugs Bunny baseball cartoons.

Well played, Rays. 

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