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Frederick Keys pitcher Miguel Chalas captures a skunk with his glove


We normally cover neither the Frederick Keys nor the Lynchburg Hillcats, but for skunks on the field, we will make an exception.

And yes, this is several weeks old, but I’m just seeing it this week, so I’m guessing you haven’t seen it either.

A skunk has made it on the field during at least two Hillcats games this month, and one of the incidents, miraculously, was captured on video. This WSET piece also has some memorable quotes about the incident, via the Keys.

“It’s not, like, uncommon down the right-field line for the kids to get rowdy, yell at me, get a ball on the field or something,” Hillcats outfielder David Rohm said. “I looked back to see the pitch, and I looked back again, and I realized it started hopping at me. I was like, well, what do I do now? I definitely don’t want to go running over there.”

“There’s a whole lot of things I’d rather run into than the business end of a skunk,” Hillcats Grounds Manager Darren Johnson said. “But baseball must go on, and I’m the guy that has to do it.”


“I can’t tell you the adrenaline wasn’t rushing,” Johnson also said. “They were cheering me on. I really should have got two towels, because they sprayed through that first towel.”

Luckily, Keys pitcher Miguel Chalas was there to help.

“He didn’t know exactly what he was getting into until he got ’em,” Johnson said.

“He said he thought it was a cat,” Rohm added.

Tell me minor-league baseball wouldn’t be enlivened by one random mammal being set loose in the outfield per game.

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



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