Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Dane De La Rosa earned himself a halo during Thursday night's game against the Oakland Athletics.
While downtime in dugouts and bullpens can sometimes lead to ballplayer hijinks, on this particular night it led De La Rosa to play veterinarian. He noticed an injured pigeon near the Angels bullpen at Oakland's O.co Coliseum then proceeded to cup it in his hands and take it back to the bullpen bench.
During the next few pitches, De La Rosa made his way back to the Angels dugout and eventually into the team's clubhouse where we have to presume he sought help and got the bird checked out.
De La Rosa forged enough of a bond to give the pigeon a name, Randy, and then updated us after the game via Twitter about Randy's status.
Randy, my pigeon friend is aright.
— The_DUDE! (@Daner13) July 26, 2013
Thank you for all the kind words and helpful warnings. After the release back to the wild I made sure to wash my hands.(twice) — The_DUDE! (@Daner13) July 26, 2013
Angels pitcher C.J. Wilson — who got the win Thursday night for the Angels — offered this:
Oh and got the story from @Daner13 - he moved the pigeon to safety outside near the parking lot. What a guy!
— C.J. Wilson (@str8edgeracer) July 26, 2013
After handling the bird problem, De La Rosa returned to his main gig. You know, pitching. He was called upon in the eighth inning and put away the A's in 1-2-3 fashion.
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