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The smoke monster may have invaded Minute Maid Park on Monday night

Royals announcer Rex Hudler, who can't always be trusted with phenomena in the sky, told viewers that the smoke hovering over Minute Maid Park on Monday night was the result of fireworks after a Chris Carter home run. We'd, of course, like to believe him -- but something about this smoke just didn't seem right ...

Was this some sort of alien life form descending upon left field? Was this the ghost of Richard Hidalgo? Is this the dreaded smoke monster from Lost and are the Astros playing baseball on a time-traveling island moving around the world by the turn of a wheel???!!!