Will Brennan's latest home run carried a bit more weight than normal.
The former Columbus Clippers and current Cleveland Guardians outfielder hit a ground ball to left field for a single Monday against the Chicago White Sox, striking a bird and killing it. A member of the Guardians' grounds crew brought out a shovel and removed the bird after Brennan's at bat.
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"I truly am sorry @peta and bird enthusiasts," Brennan tweeted after the Guardians' 3-0 victory Monday. "An unfortunate sacrifice."
— Will Brennan (@Silly_Willy18) May 23, 2023
On Tuesday, Brennan hit a home run in the third inning off White Sox starting pitcher Dylan Cease in the Guardians' 4-2 loss, one he later dedicated to the bird that met its demise Monday.
"RIP lil buddy," Brennan tweeted off a Guardians' highlight of the home run.
Brennan spent 93 games of the 2022 season in Columbus, hitting nine home runs with 68 RBI and 15 stolen bases, while hitting .316 with an .838 OPS.
In 42 games for the Guardians in 2023, Brennan has two home runs and 11 RBI, hitting .213 with a .558 OPS.
Brennan was drafted by Cleveland in the eighth round of the 2019 MLB draft out of Kansas State.
This article originally appeared on The Columbus Dispatch: Brennan, former Clippers and current Guardians OF, kills bird on ground ball