The Los Angeles Dodgers’ 10-game road trip out of the All-Star break got off to a dark start Friday at Nationals Park. A bank of lights off the third base line went out in the bottom of the fourth, causing a delay that lasted 82 minutes.
Play resumed only to again be delayed after Mike Bolsinger recored the final two outs in the bottom of the fourth. Players were back on the field after a 40-minute delay, only for the game to be suspended for the night when the lights went out a third time.
Soon after both teams retired to the clubhouse, players took to social media to join the discussion on the unique and frustrating night. Kiké Hernandez, who pinch-hit for Bolsinger in the fifth, summed up his thoughts in one quick sentence:
Welp.. That was fun! #LetThereBeLight
— Enrique Hernandez (@kikehndez) July 18, 2015
Word began to spread music artist Taylor Swift had issues during a Tuesday performance at Nationals Park, which led to Joc Pederson jokingly placing the blame on her:
@taylorswift13 your concert used up all the electricity in DC..thanks for helping start the 2nd half with a bang
— Joc Pederson (@yungjoc650) July 18, 2015
Brett Anderson added he was perfectly fine with the narrative that placed the blame on Swift:
I like the theory that the lights are Taylor Swift's fault.
— Brett Anderson (@BrettAnderson35) July 18, 2015
Meanwhile Scott Van Slyke was more introspective, using emojis to sum up his emotions:
— ScottVanSlyke (@ScottVanSlick) July 18, 2015
Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer, Sunday’s schedule starter, also blamed Swift, even using one of her song titles as a hashtag:
Well who was the last one to use Nationals Park last? Taylor Swift.. I blame her for the power outs tonight. We now have #BadBlood
— Max Scherzer (@Max_Scherzer) July 18, 2015
Scherzer’s teammate Bryce Harper joked a pregame act may have been to blame:
My bad everybody..I knew I shouldn't of used that blow dryer before the game! #shortage
— Bryce Harper (@Bharper3407) July 18, 2015
Play resumes Saturday at 11:05 a.m. PT in the sixth inning with the Nationals holding a 3-2 lead over the Dodgers.