I am putting up this brief post and (in my opinion, hilarious) embedded video a bit cautiously this morning as, believe it or not, I've already been deemed "weather insensitive" by a few people on Twitter today.
At about 6:00 a.m., I tweeted some comments about storm chasers and Darwinism, and a few treehuggers on Twitter connected the dots for that to mean that I was happy that the Discovery Channel storm-chasing guys met their demise, which is the equivalent of connecting the dots on a picture of a puppy dog and coming up with a dump truck.
What I meant was that storm chasing is reckless and stupid and I'm not sure what the payoff is on whatever we are "learning" about tornadoes thanks to the chasers' "research."
Seems to me there is no "cure" for tornados, and that the standard "remedy" for existing during a tornado is still the same (shelter, Godammit...SHELTER!!) despite all their, ahem, "research."
So why do they do it? (This is actually a semi-serious question from me...why do they do it?)
Anyway, with a slight bit of hesitation, I post the video below courtesy of MLB.com from Sunday night's Red Sox and Yankees game, a 3-0 Red Sox win that was delayed due to rain three separate times and ultimately called after 5 1/2 innings because of thunderstorms.
And not just your garden-variety thunderstorms, either. As Seinfeld's George Costanza described the sea in the "Marine Biologist" episode, the skies were angry that night, my friends! Like an old man trying to send back soup at a deli!!
Check out the dual reaction of both teams to a clap of thunder that was so magical it transformed grown men into frightened seven-year-old girls within a matter of seconds:
Some will say we live in an era of unprecedented television access thanks to all of the camera angles and that this is a good thing because it allows us to consume every facet of the game on the field. I would disagree slightly. Indeed, the access and myriad of camera angles are good things, but they're good because they allow us to watch adult men in both dugouts instantaneously soil their drawers.
Say it: We never would have seen video like this back in 19-whatever-whatever!
And while it's not the brazen death-defying hubris of storm chasing, these guys sitting in a rainy, open-air dugout during torrential thunderstorms is just as stupid. Especially when you consider that the ghost of George Steinbrenner has probably spent 200 million of whatever the currency is in heaven to have full control over dispensing thunder and lightning on earth.
And a 3-0 Yankees loss to the Red Sox? Well, that obviously pissed off the ghost of Steinbrenner.
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