The Detroit Tigers' favorite winged friend made a return last night, and for a moment, became a star under the lights in Hollywood.
In the final game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on the road, a goose flew laps around the Dodger Stadium outfield in the bottom of the seventh inning after nearly being hit by a foul ball in the Tigers’ 4-2 win. The game stopped briefly as the goose stole the show and circled the stadium to a roaring cheer.
If we had a nickel for every time a Tigers game was upstaged by a goose, we'd have two nickels.
Which isn't a lot, but it's weird that it happened twice. pic.twitter.com/Vmq0LenLzz
— Detroit Tigers (@tigers) September 21, 2023
The goose’s presence did not sway the outcome of the game for the Dodgers the same way the rally goose did for Detroit five years ago at Comerica Park. The Tigers bullpen on Wednesday shut down the Dodgers offense to close the door on a good start from Reese Olson, who gave up one run and two hits in six innings to avoid the road sweep.
The avian distraction wasn’t the only delay in the game.
Earlier, in the top of the third inning, the game stopped because something was hovering over the stadium. The Dodgers announcers said they thought it could have been a drone before it popped in the sky and realized it was a giant bubble.
Stop on your right foot, don’t forget it!
A bubble delay at Dodger Stadium. pic.twitter.com/zzSHJrjbF4
— MLB (@MLB) September 21, 2023
The bubble hung over the Dodgers outfield, which forced a brief pause to Detroit’s at-bat, before it popped and the game resumed. The Tigers continue the road trip with a series against the Oakland Athletics, the worst team in MLB, before two home series against Kansas City and Cleveland to close the 2023 season.
This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: A goose and giant bubble stole the show in Detroit Tigers-LA Dodgers