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The Tropicana Field catwalk strikes again

Tropicana Field

Tampa Bay Rays players workout under the Tropciana Field dome during an American League championship series aseball practice Thursday Oct. 9, 2008 in St. Petersburg, Fla. The Boston Red Sox take on the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 1 on Friday. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)

Chris O’Meara

And now your semi-annual reminder that Tropicana Field is really not fit for the playing of professional baseball games:

The Tampa Bay Rays’ second baseman hit a ball in the eighth inning of Sunday night’s game against Boston that broke a light on an overhanging catwalk down the third-base line. Parts of the light dropped to the playing surface in foul ground between third base and the Boston bullpen. No one was hit by the debris, which took around three minutes to clean up.

Three minutes in a nearly six-hour game doesn’t really make much of a difference, but man, it’s always wacky whenever we’re reminded that we have a major league ballpark that was built in such a way that it cannot properly accommodate batted baseballs.