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Sports are great. The animals are great. What is the general consensus on these two combinations? Chaos… and monstrosity.
A fluffy kitten was rescued from a feline tragedy during Friday night’s Dodgers-Rockies game in Denver. He ran well and enjoyed the grass outside the field for a while.
A cat on a vendor in COLORADO. pic.twitter.com/0iiuOyXZZQw
– ESPN (@espn) April 3, 2021
We love this sport. pic.twitter.com/SlkhUgqoSb
– MLB (@MLB) April 3, 2021
This is beautiful. pic.twitter.com/5O2sbceiT3
– MLB GIFS (@MLBGIFs) April 3, 2021
But this cat wasn’t the first animal to play in the game. Far from it.
There was a time when a sportscaster’s dog ran onto the field and interrupted a UGA football game. And San Antonio seems to have had as many encounters with bats as Dracula. In honor of these incredible animal incidents on the field, let’s take a look back at some of the other best moments.
Where: AT&T Center, San Antonio
When: 2009 — and again in 2019
Here’s the thing about bats: If you don’t know much about them and what they are capable of, they are scary. And they have performed more than once at the AT&T Center, where the San Antonio Spurs play.
For starters, you have to go back to October 2009, when one of the bats invaded the Spurs’ game against the Sacramento Kings. Fortunately, the quick and agile Manu Ginobili was still on his feet, and he was somehow able to take out the beast and knock it down. What’s even more interesting is that this happened on Halloween night.
But the bats weren’t finished yet.
The Spurs were playing against the Brooklyn Nets in January when the game was delayed by not one, but four shots for several minutes while the staff worked to clean up the beasts. It was clear that the fans knew who it was, as the crowd chanted Manu, Manu, Manu.
Spurs fans scanned Manu as bats flew around the pitch.
– ESPN (@espn) February 1, 2019
I’m sorry to tell you this, but the bats aren’t done yet in San Antonio. A month later, during the Spurs’ game against the New Orleans Pelicans, another bat landed on the AT&T Center floor.
This time, the Spurs mascot, the coyote, managed to catch the creature with a fishing net at the scorer’s table in the first quarter. The delay lasted about 90 seconds.
Another bat was caught by the Spurs mascot dressed as Batman pic.twitter.com/DZXa7oAFDn
– House of Highlights (@HoHighlights) February 3, 2019
The bats returned for the third time this year in March when the Spurs played against the Milwaukee Bucks. And again Coyote came to the rescue.
Where: Busch Stadium, St. Louis
Imagine being in the spotlight for the first time and winning the World Series.
That’s what happened to the gray squirrel that ran across home plate at Busch Stadium (sort of) during Game 3 of the National League Division Series between the Philadelphia Phillies and St. Louis. St. Louis Cardinals in October 2011.
There was no slowdown in the game, although it was clear that each player was clearly confused.
*Note* We’ve looked at every angle of the jumper, and the original squirrel rally video is missing. It seems that 2011 was a much easier year.
However, the Phillies won Game 3, giving them a 2-1 lead in the NLDS. But the Cardinals won games four and five, won the series and went to the World Series. St. John’s St. Louis won the 2011 World Series against the Texas Rangers in seven games with a rallying squirrel.
Where: M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore and MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey
When: 2017, 2019
Cats are fairly agile creatures, so it’s not surprising that they often sneak into sports facilities.
In 2017, Kitten snuck into M&T Bank Stadium to watch a game between the Miami Dolphins and Baltimore Ravens.
KOTTA ONLY! #MIAvsBAL pic.twitter.com/UrpmuAfWOa
– NFL (@NFL) 27. October 2017
Tony Romo’s game is a lot of fun. But the adorable cat was eventually caught and taken away by stadium staff.
But the story had a happy ending. According to the team, a stadium employee officially adopted a stray cat and named him Ray, short for Crow.
In 2019, a black cat ran onto the field during last year’s game between the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys on Monday night at MetLife Stadium.
If we didn’t have @saquon, we’d have to sign this cat! The cat was a fugitive! @giants
– Michael Strahan (@michaelstrahan) November 5, 2019
Where: Dunhill Links Championship, Scotland
You see, dogs and eggs go together. And not only that: Scotland is one of the most dog-friendly countries in the world. It’s no surprise then that Dunhill Links has seen its share of bugs playing golf.
In 2012, however, a dog took his ball obsession too far and stole Paul Casey’s golf ball off the green on the third hole.
It’s the strangest thing that’s ever happened on a golf course, Casey says. I arrived on the 12th. I saw a dog on the tee who followed us down the fairway and really liked my golf ball.
The good news is that Casey was able to play his original ball and made birdie on the hole.
Have you ever heard the story of Digby the dog and @Paul_Casey at @KingsbarnsGL?
Eyewitness caddie Keiren Smith tells one of the strange stories of #dunhilllinks pic.twitter.com/vnRvw8aHxc
– Alfred Dunhill Links Championship (@dunhilllinks) 8 September 2018.
Where: Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati
The worst thing about bees is that you have no idea what direction they will fly in. And, of course, the fact that they can stab you.
There was an 18-minute delay when a swarm of bees landed on the top of the back wall before the first pitch of the May game between the San Francisco Giants and the Cincinnati Reds.
Ready… Play ball! pic.twitter.com/Z4ioWU8Ojp
– Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) May 6, 2019
Frankly, we’re glad we didn’t bite anyone.
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