Philadelphia Phillies centre-fielder Ben Revere makes a diving catch of Will Middlebrooks’s seventh-inning fly ball in a spring training baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in Clearwater, Fla., Sunday, March 24, 2013. (Photo: Kathy Willens/The Associated Press)
Awkward. One man decided to show off his rally squirrel during the Cardinals-Phillies game on Thursday. No one was hurt in the incident, except this man’s dignity. Apparently he lost a bet, while security suspects he might have been drinking (REALLY?).
Bryce Harper gets hit by Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels, then steals home. All in a day’s work for the Nationals rookie. Hamels later admitted he hit Harper on purpose, in a “welcome to the big leagues” moment:
“I was trying to hit him. I’m not going to deny it,” Hamels said. “That’s something I grew up watching, that’s kind of what happened, so I’m just trying to continue the old baseball because I think some people are kind of getting away from it. I remember when I was a rookie the strike zone was really, really small and you didn’t say anything because that’s the way baseball is. But I think unfortunately the league’s protecting certain players and making it not that old-school, prestigious way of baseball.”
Revenge of the Busch squirrel Over the years, furry critters have developed an efficient way to enter stadiums without paying for a ticket. Birds have the luxury of flying into open stadiums, but routes inside are trickier to find for the four-legged variety. But one squirrel in St. Louis eluded everyone on Thursday. Dave Kaup/Reuters