Collapsed netting causes bizarre 20-minute delay in Phillies-Nationals game

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One of the more bizarre things happened on Sunday during the Philadelphia Phillies game against the Washington Nationals at Citizens Bank Park.

In the eighth during a Trea Turner at-bat, the protective netting behind home plate suddenly collapsed.

The unusual circumstance led to a 20-minute delay in which it appeared just about everyone — grounds crew members, players, fans and stadium employees — lent a hand in attempting to get the netting back up.

At one point, with a number of people pulling the rope attached to the netting up the staircase in the stands behind home plate, Citizens Bank Park decided to play the William Tell Overture to add to the drama of it all.

a After 20 minutes the netting appeared to hold up and they were able to resume the game, which was a 12-6 Phillies victory.

It was quite a process, which also involved a four-wheeler at one point trying to pull rope.

The players in the dugout appeared to be trapped under the netting while Phillies color commentator and former player Jon Kruk said he had never seen anything like this before.

Well, that goes for most of us.

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