The start of the Major League Baseball season signals spring has arrived in America with warmer weather, leaves on the trees and wildlife reemerging.
And over the Easter weekend the MLB has seen a couple of eager animals get a little too excited about baseball's return, after squirrels ran on to the playing field and caused adorable disruptions on two separate occasions.
On Saturday during the Philadelphia Phillies versus Colorado Rockies game a rouge squirrel somehow found its way on to the field in Denver.
The Rockies were 1-0 up whilst batting in the third innings when the furry creature made its entrance, to the delight of the fans.
The uninvited extra fielder briefly paused the game but none of the umpires, players or staff seemed too bothered about trying to help the squirrel home.
In fact, play resumed whilst the animal scurried around on the outfield and it eventually found a way out of the firzing zone midway through the fourth innings.
Once play had resumed, the Rockies secured a 3-1 victory over the Phillies.
This squirrel made its entrance a little earlier in the second but, according to MLB.com, the animals had been spotted during batting practice before the game.
Just like in Denver, at the Coors Field umpires were happy to play whilst the squirrel was in the outfield but when it made a break to steal third base, play was temporarily suspended.
The Indians’ Nick Swisher briefly attempted to catch the pacey runner before giving up on the chase.
Speaking to Cleveland.com, Swisher praised his team’s performance in their 4-3 win over the Royals and laughed at the incident with the squirrel:
Both squirrels were returned to their natural habitats and will probably think twice before trying the stunt again.
But who knows, with the season still young more animals could find their way into play.
Now who wouldn’t want to see a pigeon play left field for the Yankees?
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