- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 20, 2011

ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. (AP) - Yankees minor league manager Luis Sojo has had many unexpected visitors in his office, including late New York owner George Steinbrenner and one-time teammate Bernie Williams.

After a recent game involving his Class-A Tampa Yankees, Sojo had his most unique guest. Sitting on the couch as he entered his office was a raccoon.

Sojo quickly departed after seeing the animal staring at him.

“I never moved so fast in my life,” Sojo said before watching the New York Yankees play Tampa Bay on Wednesday night. “You don’t expect something like that.”

It is possible that the raccoon came into the ballpark from Al Lopez Park, a recreational area across the street that has lakes and wooded areas.

Although the raccoon has not returned after being coaxed out of the office, Sojo is staying on-guard just in case.

“I check everywhere (in the office),” he said with a smile.



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