Why do birds love baseball parks so much? There's probably something to be said for the slow tempo of the game and such, but you think our feathered friends would know well enough as to not get in the way of a pitcher. It can only end badly, and in Fort Wayne, Indiana at the weekend it proved to be true.
West Michigan Whitecaps pitcher Jon Maciel was the man at the mound as a bird flew straight across the flight path of the pitch and met its untimely end. When the video above slows down, you can see how the ball's trajectory was barely affected by the birds brain as it went into the dirt, unfortunately the same cannot be said for the Game as it lay motionless on the ground.
An assistant groundskeeper had to come out and retrieve the birds corpse from the field so that the action could continue. Obviously it seems that the Head Groundskeeper obviously does not concern himself with the fate of birds, one of the joys of being the boss i guess.
This does remind you so much of Randy 'The Bird Killer' Johnson's infamous pitch, which exploded the bird he hit into a mass cloud of white feathers. No feather explosion this time means it doesn't get as high a grade on the scale of course.
So well done to Jon Maciel, what a prestigious club to find yourself in. Name suggestions for the bird murderers club in the comment section is encouraged.