I know there’s plenty to discuss about the Nationals right now — Ryan Zimmerman’s hit streak, Daniel Cabrera’s future, Jesus Flores’ shoulder, Lastings Milledge’s finger — but I’d like to take a break from that to share an interesting scene from last night’s game against the Giants.
It was the sixth inning of what would become an 11-7 San Francisco win, and all of a sudden a huge flock of seagulls emerged from the night sky and took over the ballpark. I’ve seen the birds here before, but they usually wait until after the game is over so they can feast on the leftover food and drink scattering throughout the empty stadium. This, though, was the first time I’d seen them arrive during the game.
So as these dozens, maybe hundreds, of seagulls are hovering over the playing field, I’m thinking to myself: Man, I hope one doesn’t get tagged by a batted or pitched ball.
Then I realized what was going on. Randy Johnson had started the game for the Giants. The Big Unit, you may recall, has a certain infamous history with birds. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, click on this link to watch the video. Even if you do know what I’m talking about, click on the link and watch the video. It’s one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen, and it only gets more amazing every time you watch it.
So let me pose this question: If you were a seagull, and you wanted to snack on some leftovers at AT&T Park, but you knew Randy Johnson was pitching that night, wouldn’t you wait until he was out of the game? Obviously.
So was it pure coincidence that this flock last night emerged moments after Johnson departed? I think not.