Oh man. This would make an awesome news title! When I went online to see if I could find you guys some footage, I was pleased to find that the little guys got some coverage.
The game between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Texas Rangers was intense. JP Arencibia got booed every single time he was up to bat. Felt a bit sorry for the guy – until I saw him play. So very, very sad. Seems the Blue Jays got lucky that the Texas Rangers took them off their hands. Marcus Stroman pitched an amazing 7 inning shutout and there was one moment where we got to see a Ranger leapfrog over a Blue Jay at second base to avoid a complete collision. Although Jose Reyes seemed to be out, the coaches from both teams requested an instant replay. There, you could see the Rangers’ second baseman getting to the base a second before Reyes did. It was well worth the replay though, to see the poor Rangers player having to leapfrog over Reyes.
The best replay of the night though, had to be from two pigeons who totally stole the spotlight. At first they were just really cool, doing the odd flyby over the crowd from time to time. Then, they took to the field. The leader (I’m guessing the male of the pair) decided he wanted to play baseball. Wandered onto the field at a slow, pecking pace and stopped at third base for a bit. My brother in-law yelled that he should take home plate and I think a few Toronto fans joined in. I know I did. So, we’re cheering for this bird to make a home run, when he decides to head for the pitcher’s mound. My mom, dad and I were laughing so hard that tears were running down our faces as the poor Rangers pitcher stood there, waiting for the birds to cross the field. At this point, you could feel the switch from the fans watching the game to the fans cheering on these crazy birds as they walked all the way across the field.
I know what you’re thinking, and the commentators in the video I found at the below link thought the same thing. Why didn’t someone just shoo the bird away? Well, here’s some history for you. Apparently a few years ago a seagull wandered onto the field. A player (I’m not sure who) threw a baseball bat at the bird. It died. So, animal rights activists were all up in arms. So, now we have two pigeons causing a hilarious game delay and nobody knows what to do. These birds could care less that they were surrounded by people. In fact, players would run through them to get to the dugout and they barely moved. So here we are, an almost full Rogers Centre of Toronto Blue Jay fans with probably a few Texas Ranger fans mixed in, all cheering for these silly birds.
Finally, in frustration, one of the Rangers players rushes at the birds to get them off the field. You wouldn’t believe the chorus of boos that rose from that crowd. It was awesome. I was yelling along with the rest of Toronto about how you ‘don’t mess with our birds, Texas!’ It was just plain awesome.
And then, we won the game, 4-1. I have to say, considering I only go to the Jays game once a year because we go for Father’s Day, this was a pretty memorable game. Okay, so here’s the video. Enjoy!