A bird had the misfortune to fly straight into the path of a pitched ball at a minor league baseball game in Fort Wayne, Indiana this weekend, and the result was sadness. Pure pure sadness.
When the video is slowed down, the delivery by West Michigan’s Jon Maciel can be seen striking the bird, knocking it to the ground. The pitch itself is barely affected which suggests that the hit to the bird was somewhat of a glancing blow. Nevertheless, the shot was enough to totally kill the bird.
An assistant groundskeeper had to come out and retrieve the bird corpse from the field so that the baseball action could continue. The head groundskeeper doesn’t deal with dead birds. That’s one of the perks of being the head groundskeeper.
Other than the delay to remove the bird’s mortal remains from the field, the game wasn’t held up at all. No formal observance was made of the tragedy. Things went on as normal despite the deadly spectacle that unfolded in front of everyone. Callous much?
Randy Johnson’s name was naturally mentioned, because Randy Johnson is the most famous bird murderer among pitchers. That must be a fun thing for Randy to carry around in life. He’s like the Kingslayer Jaime Lannister, except it was a bird.