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Watch: Who's afraid of a little thunder? The Yankees and Red Sox

The rubber game of the Yankees-Red Sox series in the Bronx this weekend was shortened by rain after five and a half innings, but before the game was officially called after the top of the sixth, the players were waiting out what was the third rain delay of the game in the dugouts. It was then that a deafening clap of thunder rocked the stadium and produced this entertaining bit of video:

The foursome in the Yankee dugout are, from left to right, first-base coach Mick Kelleher, centerfielder Brett Gardner, catcher Austin Romine and first baseman Mark Teixeira. In the Red Sox dugout, catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia who had made the last out of the top of the sixth and put his shin guards back on, is the player who immediately pops up and heads for the clubhouse, followed by Dustin Pedroia and Jose Iglesias, while the player in the lower right who nearly jumps in ESPN reporter Buster Olney's lap is Jonny Gomes. Gardner and Romine, incidentally, both used to play for the Double-A Trenton Thunder, which was the Red Sox's affiliate from 1995 to 2002 before switching to the Yankees.

Entertaining as that might be, it doesn't come close to this footage from a Twins-Rangers game in Arlington last July when a thunderclap sent the players and umpires scurrying off the field in the middle of an inning without anyone bothering to signal a stoppage in play.

Note that the catcher in that game, Mike Napoli, is now on the Red Sox, but was nowhere to be seen in the first video above. Maybe he needs a Thunder Buddy.

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