Rookie right-hander Chase Anderson of the Arizona Diamondbacks almost found out Wednesday night what it feels like to be Randy Johnson. No, he didn't grow 10 inches, become left-handed, throw a no-hitter and start taking awesome photographs at concerts and car races. Anderson did, however, nearly disintegrate a bird on live TV after it flew between him and Seth Smith of the San Diego Padres in the third inning at Chase Field.
The bird's appearance prompted a distracted Smith to call time, which umpire Sean Barber granted, as Anderson was delivering a 2-1 pitch. Anderson followed through anyway, but the bird — possibly a dove — made it through the danger zone unharmed. That's OK. And we don't need to listen to what it sounds like when a dove cries.
Diamondbacks broadcaster Bob Brenly had it right:
As Brenly added, the bird obviously was not in Tucson, Ariz., or had it seen footage from spring training 2001, when Johnson infamously destroyed a dove with a pitched fastball. Worst fowl ball in history.
Good for Anderson that he missed. Injuring the bird, or worse, might have ruffled his own feathers. He didn't post the best stat line ever, allowing four runs — one earned — and eight hits over five innings, but the D-backs picked up a 12-6 victory. And the interrupting bird lived to fly another day. Smith's at-bat ended with a grounder to second. Does that mean the bird was good luck? And for whom?
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