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Monday, June 3, 2013
Thunder! Yanks going viral

By Andrew Marchand



There were three rain delays, but one enduring shot from Sunday night's abbreviated loss to the Red Sox. During the third and final delay, an incredibly loud thunder and lightening strike had nearly everyone in the stadium, from the press box to the fans to the Yankees, jumping out of the seats.

Four Yankees were caught by ESPN's Sunday Night baseball cameras reacting to the thunder. Brett Gardner, Austin Romine, Mark Teixeira and first base coach Mick Kelleher were captured jumping off the bench.

"I think Gardner jumped into my lap," Romine said.

It was the lasting image to a bizarre weather night in the Bronx. The beginning of the game was delayed because it appeared it might rain around 15 minutes after first pitch. Fourty-five minutes without a drop later, Hiroki Kuroda threw the first pitch.

"It is frustrating," Joe Girardi said. "I think they were playing the percentages. It looked like we were going to get hit pretty hard around 8:15 and we didn't. Then it looked like we would be okay until 11:30, 11:45. We didn't get hit with one and then it came earlier than we would have liked."

During the huge thunderclap, Girardi was in his office and his satellite television went out.

"I heard some guys kind of buckled a little bit," Girardi said. "I was inside and didn't hear it. All I know is my TV went out and that was a clue that the weather was pretty bad. I guess it was kind of funny after they got through it. But some people almost went down."

On the video, Teixeria's mouth opens wide after the clap, while Gardner jumps like a windshield wiper from Romine's side to Kelleher's.

"That was the loudest I've ever heard," Romine said.

Gardner was not in the clubhouse afterward, but Romine reported that they all left the dugout after the strike.

"We bailed real quick," Romine said.