Several baseball teams have animals as their team mascots and in team names. Baltimore Orioles, St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Cubs, Arizona Diamondbacks, and Florida Marlins.
However, during at least one game each year, an animal briefly takes over the game.
During Tuesday’s game at Yankee Stadium between the Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees, a loose squirrel took fans’ attention off the players and took center stage.
Major League Baseball needs to find a way to monetize the video of the squirrel for its 5.6 million views on the MLB Twitter page.
Fan reaction was priceless as the squirrel danced along the top of the outfield wall just inches away from them before falling off the fence onto the field of play.
Fans seated near the Yankee dugout decided to share their sunflower seeds with the trespasser. It’s unknown whether the seeds were to attract or repel the squirrel.
The rodent caused a pause in the game as it scampered around the outfield as the highly paid athletes watched from a few feet away.
It’s unclear if the squirrel was captured or left the stadium alone. The visitor must have been good luck for the Yankees, who won the game in extra innings beating Baltimore 6-4.
One of the most famous incidents of animals on the field ended tragically on March 4, 2001.
Arizona Diamondback pitcher Randy “The Big Unit” Johnson, one of the hardest throwers in MLB history, hit a dove in flight with a fastball killing the unfortunate bird.
The video has garnered over 3 million views and over 1,500 comments.
Another famous baseball/animal incident is the “Goose on the Loose.” This unusual encounter occurred in a playoff game in a 2022 game between the LA Dodgers and San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium.
A gray goose landed on the field, and after giving the grounds crew the runaround, they captured it in a trash can and humanly released it after the game.
The Padres won the playoff game by a score of 5-3, causing many fans to appear decked out in goose attire at the next game.