SAN FRANCISCO -- Will Clark endured the Loma Prieta earthquake that struck Northern California in 1989. He was a passenger on a flight so rocky that a flight attendant bumped her head on the ceiling of the main cabin.
But never has Clark experienced anything like he did Thursday night, when he was a United Airlines passenger on a Boeing 777 that was struck by lightning.
"I can scratch that one off my bucket list," Clark said sarcastically.
Clark, the former All-Star first baseman who's a Giants special ambassador, said that "an unbelievable sound reverberated through the plane" when the lightning hit. Trying to imitate the sound, Clark made a noise resembling a combination of a huge inhale and the hissing of the beast from the movie "Alien."
The pilot diverted the plane to Sacramento and told passengers that they could deplane if they wished.
"I said, 'I will,'" related Clark, who promptly rented a car and drove to San Francisco.