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Roy Tucker
06-18-2011, 11:58 AM
The Jays weren't the only birds on the field. Three pigeons roamed the infield together most of the game. At one point, Leake left the mound and tried to shoo them away.


We were at the game last night and it was the darndest thing I've ever seen. Three pigeons hung around the infield. They stayed within feet of active players for probably the first 6 innings.

I was thinking we were going to see a Randy Johnson-like event and a batted ball explode a pigeon. We named them Larry, Curly, and Moe.

westofyou
06-18-2011, 12:10 PM
We were at the game last night and it was the darndest thing I've ever seen. Three pigeons hung around the infield. They stayed within feet of active players for probably the first 6 innings.

I was thinking we were going to see a Randy Johnson-like event and a batted ball explode a pigeon. We named them Larry, Curly, and Moe.

Marty was describing their moves, as well as the theft (and his disgust of said theft) of a chair from the announcers booth.

Occasionally he mentioned the game on the field

Big Klu
06-18-2011, 12:15 PM
http://images.wikia.com/looneytunes/images/3/30/Goddfeathers.jpg

BCubb2003
06-18-2011, 12:24 PM
I thought they were going to disrupt that amazing play by Phillips for a moment.

Matt700wlw
06-18-2011, 12:25 PM
If the Reds were the Cardinals, they could blame the pigeons for the fact that they lost...

traderumor
06-18-2011, 12:32 PM
ban sunflower seeds

CTA513
06-18-2011, 02:36 PM
The game was over as soon as Leake messed with the birds.

redsmetz
06-18-2011, 02:55 PM
The game was over as soon as Leake messed with the birds.

Actually, no, they left the field right after Stubbs hit his inside the park home run. It looked like they really scattered as he rounded third and they were nowhere to be seen afterward.

I noticed that one of the times Leake chased them off was when the Jays finally got a runner on. It occurred to me that they were an invitation to distract him and cause a balk.

Redsfan320
06-18-2011, 03:35 PM
I was there as well, and it was rather odd. Grounds Crew should have removed them, as they could have disrupted play. Fortunately, they didn't.

320

LvJ
06-18-2011, 03:41 PM
At some point, we have to consider a LTC for the Pigeons.

reds1869
06-18-2011, 03:45 PM
There was a bird that wouldn't leave left center a few weeks ago, too. It just sort of sat there the first five innings or so.

BCubb2003
06-18-2011, 03:48 PM
It amazes me that players used to leave their gloves on the field when they batted. That must have disrupted play. Any stats or box scores show that?

westofyou
06-18-2011, 03:51 PM
It amazes me that players used to leave their gloves on the field when they batted. That must have disrupted play. Any stats or box scores show that?

I believe they stopped leaving the bats in front of the dugout to avoid injuries after a player got hurt.

http://www.blackbetsy.com/imagefarm/swinging-in-front-of-dugout-500.jpg