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Friday, March 23, 2018

Articles tagged: animals in sports

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.


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:


Brian Gay’s caddie chases away alligator at RBC Heritage (Video)

Whatever caddie Kip Henley earns, golfer Brian Gay should double it. Gay’s ball on the par-5 15th hole was near the water at the RBC Heritage in Hilton Head, S.C., Thursday, and he had a tough time hitting his shot because of a slight nuisance in the way. Yup, an alligator was on the bank and Henley had to push it away using a rake.

Gay finished the round at five over par and tied for 105th. It’s no surprise he bogeyed 15 after his encounter with the reptile.

Brazilian soccer player bitten by police dog during discussion with linesmen (Video)

It’s a wacky world out there for Brazilian soccer players, and you can never be sure what you might face on the pitch. During a game between Caxias and Novo Hamburgo Saturday, one player was bitten by a dog on the pitch.

Caxias striker Vanderlei was bitten by a policeman’s German Shepard while he and his teammates swarmed the refs to dispute a call. They were contesting a disallowed goal that was overturned, one that marked the only score of the game. So not only did Vanderlei get bit, but his team also lost. At least Vanderlei was able to return after the game was delayed about 10 minutes.

If Vanderlei needs someone to lean on, he should speak with former Auburn DB Jerraud Powers who was bitten by a dog during the 2007 Iron Bowl. Maybe they could commiserate about rabies shots.

Thanks to Off the Bench for sharing the video

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