Manager Cito Gaston had a different reaction.
"I see some of the guys laughing and stuff like that," Gaston said. "My first thought is, 'Hey, this could be bad. This is not a good thing.' I started thinking about, 'OK, where are you going to go?' There's nowhere to go. That's what I was thinking."
The magnitude-5.7 quake that made the stadium quiver was centered roughly 90 miles east of San Diego. It was not a serious temblor, but Gaston's response stemmed from experience.
During Game 3 of the 1989 World Series between the A's and Giants, Gaston was sitting down the third-base line at Candlestick Park in San Francisco when an earthquake rattled the ballpark. That magnitude-6.9 quake caused massive destruction to the Bay Area and killed 63 people.
That night, Gaston was forced to sleep in a rental car near the stadium.
"There was a girl that was sitting in the stands," Gaston said. "She had a portable TV and she started to cry. I said, 'What's she crying about? Everything's OK here.' Then you start seeing all the bridges down -- bridges that we just came across the day before. It was some night.
"It was the first time I'd ever seen like a war zone. That's the way downtown San Francisco looked. It looked like a war zone. Streets were buckled. Things were on fire. It really was an experience that, I'm glad I went through it, but I don't want to go through it again."