There Was a Bat on the Field Last Night in Atlanta, and I’m Not Talking About the Wooden Kind (Video)
Here’s a question for you: what do you do when a bat flys onto the field and interrupts a baseball game?
The answer? Obviously, you call the bat boy. And Paul Janish.
We learned this protocol at last night’s game between the Phillies and Braves in Atlanta. In the top of the second, one of those blind, bug-eating, flying mammals got a little lost in its pursuit of some gnats and wound up flopping around on the infield grass. The first person on the scene was utility infielder Paul Janish, who scooped the thing up in his glove. Then the bat boy came out with a Gatorade towel and a transfer was made…or was it?
If you look closely at the hand off, you’ll notice that the bat flies out of Janish’s glove and toward the ground. Then, without making a single motion toward the escaped bat, Janish puts his glove in the towel, and the bat boy runs off the field into the dugout.
Take a look:
Yeah, there’s no way the bat was in that towel. This is obviously some sort of conspiracy perpetrated by the political party with which you happen to disagree most vehemently. Or aliens. Or the CIA.
Yes, I know Braves second baseman Dan Uggla appears to be startled by it in the dugout, but he must have just been pretending. The bat boy probably came in and was like, yeah, I don’t actually have the bat in the towel, but I’m going to look ridiculous if I don’t keep playing along. So Uggla did him a solid.
Like I said…conspiracy.
I demand the truth, bat boy. What happened to that bat?