Report: Ravens fans possibly exposed to rabies during preseason game

Fans who attended the August 17 preseason game between the Baltimore Ravens and Detroit Lions have been urged to contact their local health department following a potential rabies scare at M&T Bank Stadium. During the game, a bat reportedly landed on a person in the stands. The bat was not captured and therefore can not be tested for rabies.

Bats commonly carry rabies and officials said in a press release that rabies can change animal behavior, making typically friendly, domesticated animals more aggressive and wild animals more friendly. Since bats are usually afraid of people, it is somewhat alarming that one may have landed on a fan. The Maryland health department urges people to avoid touching any bat that should enter their home and to try to capture it and not let it go until animal control has tested it, unless you are sure no animal or person in your household came into contact with the bat.

We have seen several incidences of animals in sports over the years like a this furry creature delaying a baseball game or a golfer getting attacked by a reptile, but possible exposure to rabies has to be among the strangest occurrences. Hopefully no fans who attended the game were affected.

Alligator eats a huge snake at the PGA Championship (Video)

Who ever said golf can’t be dangerous? Just because it isn’t a contact sport doesn’t mean there aren’t risks involved. No, we are not talking about a golf ball cranking an innocent fan in the head as he cheers for his favorite golfer. That stuff is plenty dangerous, but it doesn’t send a chill up your spine quite in the same way that an alligator devouring a huge snake can.

If the players at the PGA Championship in South Carolina were considering going near the water in search of their ball prior to the first round, they probably aren’t any more. Sometimes all it takes is the food chain at work to discourage thoughts like that. As that elderly gentleman who was dragged by an alligator could tell you, it’s never really worth it.

H/T Deadspin

Squirrel delays Rockies-Dodgers game (Video)

There was a brief delay during the sixth inning of the Rockies-Dodgers game at Coors Field on Friday when a squirrel made a repeat appearance and ran around for about a minute. The squirrel first went for Dodgers starter Chris Capuano before hanging out at the feet of third base coach Rich Dauer. It eventually exited the field through the Dodgers’ dugout, allowing Jordan Pacheco to resume his at-bat.

We’re guessing the Rockies, which won 13-3, weren’t bothered by the critter. At least this delay was much better than what happened last time.

Bees delay Rockies-Diamondbacks game (Video)

The Rockies-Diamondbacks game was delayed a few minutes on Thursday because of a swarm of bees that invaded Coors Field. The bees invaded a camera bay next to the Rockies dugout in the top of the 5th inning. The swarm was so massive that the cameramen left their positions, but no players had to be cleared off the field. Once the bees were contained, umpires determined play could continue.

An inning later a beekeeper arrived and sucked all the insects into a cool device where they could be transported to a hive. Hey, it’s a much easier problem to deal with at a stadium than fire ants, that’s for sure.

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75-year-old golfer reportedly bitten and dragged by an alligator

Albert Miller does not want to see or touch an alligator for the remainder of his life. That is because he would not have any life remaining if his friends were not on hand to save him from a 9-foot alligator on the golf course last week. According to The Ledger, the 75-year-old was playing golf on a Florida course when his ball rolled into the water after a bad shot. He went over with his ball retriever to look for it, and things went downhill from there.

The 75-year-old Miller only saw two balls in the water that weren’t his, so he gave up and turned to walk away. At that point, he says, an alligator launched out of the water and grabbed him by the left knee.

“He lifted me up three feet and slammed me down,” Miller said. “It was excruciating to say the least.”

Miller’s friend, 66-year-old Ted Price, ran over to help along with the two others who were in their foursome. The alligator began dragging Miller into the water before suddenly letting go.

“He let me go,” he said. “I was three feet from my life. He had me submerged up to my belt buckle. That was my miracle of the month.”

Price described Miller’s leg as a “mess” after the alligator let him go. He and the other golfers drove Miller to the front to meet an ambulance, and he later required 35 to 40 stitches to mend one 10-inch wound and two other five-inch wounds. Although he says you could see right through to the bone when it happened, it seems as though Miller is going to be fine. Trappers captured the alligator and weighed it in at 190 pounds. Remind me to stick to New England golf courses from now on.

H/T Eye on Golf
Photo credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

High school pitcher Ryne Elvers hits bird with pitch (Video)

Illinois high school baseball pitcher Ryne Elvers will now go down in history along with greats like Randy Johnson. That’s because the sophomore managed to do what so few players who have toed the rubber have done before him: pick up a birdie while playing baseball.

Yes, Elvers nailed a bird with a pitch during Sacred Heart-Griffin’s game last Wednesday against Southeast High. The explosion happened on an 0-1 pitch in the fifth inning. Somehow the bird managed to survive, with the exception of a few lost feathers, according to The State Journal-Register. What’s even more notable is that Elvers managed to keep it together to earn a win despite the horrific ordeal.

H/T Bro Bible via Bob’s Blitz

Tulane-UAB baseball game suspended because of fire ants

The Tulane baseball team jumped out to a 5-0 lead Friday night over UAB but will have to wait a day to finish the game thanks to a power outage caused by fire ants overrunning one of the electrical units at Young Memorial Field in Birmingham. You read that correctly: Fire ants are officially the reason for a baseball game being suspended.

Both teams will resume the game Saturday afternoon with two outs in the top of the third. The day’s scheduled game will be played afterward. Presumably, copious amounts of Raid will be used by then.

Thanks to the intrepid work of CBS 42′s B.J. Millican, we have up-close video footage of the ants causing the damage:

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