What's buzzing:

Big League Stew

Tarp Attack: Minor league grounds crew swallowed up during severe thunderstorm (Video)

Mark Townsend
Big League Stew

A scary scene developed during the Joliet Slammers and Southern Illinois Miners Frontier League game on Friday night when a severe thunderstorm with heavy rain and hurricane strength wind gusts moved through the Joliet area just prior to the seventh inning.

With the severe weather bearing down, the Silver Cross Field grounds crew sprung into action, and seemed to have a solid plan in place to keep their diamond protected from the oncoming onslaught. Not only did they cover the field with the basic tarpaulin, they also loaded it with heavy sandbags and then parked the four-wheel drive that delivered the sandbags on top of the tarp around home plate.

Unfortunately, though, Mother Nature was not going to be denied that easily. As wind gusts began to inch the tarp ever so slightly off the infield, several crew members ran in to help get it repositioned, but were quickly overwhelmed by heavier gusts. As more members (and front office staff) rushed in for the save, they too were swallowed up and pushed all the way across the infield.

[Tim Brown: Astros' Carlos Lee mulling trade to Dodgers]

Have a look at the mayhem (things really begin to get scary around the 50-second mark):

As someone who lives just north of the path this storm took through northern Illinois and eventually into Chicago's southern suburbs, I can tell you there were several tense moments as that particular cell that made it's way through Joliet developed around Rockford, Illinois, even leading to the issuing of tornado warnings in several surrounding counties.

Thankfully, the storm never reached that level of severity at its peak, but as you can see in the video, it still packed a dangerous punch.

By the way, as you probably guessed, the Slammers and Miners were not able to finish Friday night's game, which gave Southern Illinois a 7-4 victory and series sweep. We're also happy to report that no members of the grounds crew (or front office) were injured during this incident, and that Aaron Morse, the voice attached to this video, safely retreated away from the electronics in the broadcast booth.

Big BLS H/N: Deadspin

Looking for more baseball chatter?
Follow @bigleaguestew, @Townie813 and check out the BLS Facebook Page

Fantasy advice from the Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Minute:

Other popular content on the Yahoo! network:
Dan Wetzel: Joe Paterno's role in Jerry Sandusky cover-up grows as evidence is leaked
'Blade Runner' Oscar Pistorius fails to qualify for Olympics, still may run in London
Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield joke on Twitter about infamous 'Bite Fight'
Y! Shopping: Best deals for July 4th weekend

View Comments (458)
  • Earnhardt to start on pole after rain washes out qualifying

    Earnhardt to start on pole after rain washes out qualifying

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Rain washed out qualifying for Sunday night's race at Daytona International Speedway, where the field was set by practice times. … More »

    AP - Sports - 6 minutes ago
  • Tigers' Cabrera on DL for 1st time, out 6 weeks

    Tigers' Cabrera on DL for 1st time, out 6 weeks

    Detroit slugger Miguel Cabrera will be sidelined with a left calf injury for at least six weeks after the Tigers placed the AL batting leader on the disabled list for the first time in his career. The two-time AL MVP pulled up while breaking for … More »

    AP - Sports - 8 minutes ago
  • Teixeira's double sparks Yanks to 3-2 walk-off win over Rays

    Teixeira's double sparks Yanks to 3-2 walk-off win over Rays

    Mark Teixeira turned on a 94 mph fastball from Brad Boxberger and hit a sharp grounder between the diving bodies of James Loney, positioned just off first base, and second baseman Jake Elmore, about 15 feet from the foul line, in short right field. … More »

    AP - Sports - 15 minutes ago
  • Comanche, Rambler 88 ready to race across Atlantic Ocean

    Big boats Comanche and Rambler 88 are ready for their transatlantic showdown. Now they just need the weather to cooperate if they hope to break the record for sailing between Newport, Rhode Island, and The Lizard, the southern tip of the British … More »

    AP - Sports - 17 minutes ago
  • Durant: 'I can't wait to play the game I love again'

    Kevin Durant says next summer can wait. The Oklahoma City star - limited to 27 games last season because of injuries - was at the NBA summer league games in Orlando on Saturday, and said he would be ready for next season and he hasn't thought about … More »

    AP - Sports - 20 minutes ago