Mention that an earthquake took place during a Major League Baseball game and it’s impossible not to think back to the 1989 World Series when, during the third game between the San Francisco Giants and Oakland Athletics, the Loma Prieta earthquake shook the region with a 6.9 magnitude, causing more than $6 billion worth of damage. It took years for the region to recover from the effects of that day.

Wednesday’s magnitude 4.4 earthquake that shook Southern California certainly didn’t have that kind of impact. Centered about 25 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, the quake and the aftershock were recorded shortly after 7:30 p.m. PDT and could be felt in Anaheim. It just so happens that the Los Angeles Angels were hosting the Colorado Rockies around that time. Either as a testament to their composure or to their complete boredom with the shifting geologic features of the planet, Angels announcers Victor Rojas and Mark Gubicza reacted with a collective shrug.

The tone in which they mention the earthquake was about the same as you’d expect someone to discuss a golfer putting for par on the 6th hole on the first day of a tournament. Apparently, these guys don’t get out of bed for anything less than a 5.0.

It was even more subdued of a reaction to when a magnitude 3.5 earthquake hit the Bay Area back in May, shaking TV cameras just minutes after the San Francisco Giants and Cincinnati Reds started up at AT&T Park.

The quake didn’t do much to jolt the Angels offense, either, as the home team lost 3-2.


About Sean Keeley

A graduate of Syracuse University, Sean Keeley is the creator of the Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and author of 'How To Grow An Orange: The Right Way to Brainwash Your Child Into Rooting for Syracuse.' He has also written non-Syracuse related things for SB Nation,,, and many other outlets. He currently lives in Chicago.