Over the years, plenty of animals have scampered around baseball fields. There have been the usual suspects, your average cats and dogs. And then there have been less likely intruders, such as pigs and rabbits.
Of course, all those episodes were charming in their own ways (except for the part where the dog … eww). This one, not so charming, because it stars a far more off-putting critter. But at least it’s amusing.
In the bottom of the fifth inning of a game between the Clinton LumberKings and the Quad Cities River Bandits at Modern Woodmen Park in Davenport, Iowa, an opossum made its unappealing presence felt on the field.
Here is video of the incident:
It’s hard to blame the stadium official who first put the trash can over the opossum for being unsure of what to do next. I sure as heck would not have wanted to reach under there. Fortunately, another employee, with apparently solid experience corralling sizable varmints, was on hand to adroitly handle the situation.
Of course, we all know what an opossum on the field means — momentum is about to shift. Sure enough, the LumberKings, who were down 4-0 at that point, stormed back for a 6-5 win.
From a report by the Quad City Times:
“We have our new mascot,’’ Clinton manager Scott Steinmann said. “I think we’ve found our new mascot, a possum.’’
Did you see what Steinmann did there (assuming he was quoted accurately)? Classic error. In North America, we have O-possums. Just plain possums are found in Australia.