Zach Walters stepped on a pigeon

September 17, 2013
(Via the Phillies broadcast)
(Via the Phillies broadcast)

I didn’t watch all much any of the Nats-Phillies game on Sunday, due to my Redskins responsibilities. Anyhow, it was a total rout, with very little drama, so I assumed I hadn’t missed much.

Then I saw this comment someone left on the Bog Monday afternoon:

I was expecting to see a whole story about that pigeon on the Bog today. The highlight was when Zach Walters stepped on it when he scored from third in the 7th inning. Multiple players and umpires tried to shoo it away. It was very entertaining, but a little sad, since the bird was not flying away because it was probably injured.

And also this one:

Span tried to shoo it away at one point. It flew 6 feet away and then made a bee line back to him.

Clearly this required some more research. And indeed, it was as described. The Philadelphia broadcasters, no doubt disgusted by the score, seemed to spend more time on the pigeon than on the game during that inning, repeatedly showing the bird as it meandered its way around the infield.

Truth be told, the bird was very nearly kicked when Bryce Harper scored earlier in the inning. You can see it, just beyond Harper’s foot here.

(Via the Phillies broadcast)
(Via the Phillies broadcast)

 

But things got worse when Walters soon advanced to third on a wild pitch, and then kept creeping down the baseline.

(Via the Phillies broadcast)
(Via the Phillies broadcast)

 

And as he headed for home on Wilson Ramos’s 15th hit of the afternoon, Walters quite literally kicked the poor bird out of his way.

(Via the Phillies broadcast)
(Via the Phillies broadcast)
(Via the Phillies broadcast)
(Via the Phillies broadcast)
(Via the Phillies broadcast)
(Via the Phillies broadcast)

 

Although it somehow settled near the baseline yet again, I guess so it could watch Walters score.

(Via the Phillies broadcast)
(Via the Phillies broadcast)

 

Later, Teddy petted it.


(Via @KryaSchu)

 

And as noted, Span tried to shoo it away, but it went right back to the center fielder.

Dan Steinberg writes about all things DC sports at the DC Sports Bog.
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