For the second time in a week, a bird has been killed during at a Major League Baseball ballpark.
During the second inning of a game between the Cleveland Guardians and Chicago White Sox Monday night, Guardians rookie outfielder Will Brennan hit a hard grounder toward the shortstop side of the infield.
The left-handed right fielder took a pitch the opposite way, accidentally hitting and killing a bird standing in the infield.
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Brennan placed his hands on his head after reaching first base while the umpiring crew called timeout in order for the ground crew to remove the bird with a shovel.
After the game, Brennan posted an apology on Twitter for the accident.
“I truly am sorry [PETA] and bird enthusiasts,” Brennan wrote. “An unfortunate sacrifice.”
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Last week, Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Zac Gallen accidentally killed a bird while warming up in the outfield prior to a game against the Oakland A’s.
“I don’t really know what happened, honestly,” Gallen said. “I just know that the ball changed directions really. I saw what happened. It’s kind of a freak accident. It’s unfortunate.”
The incident was reminiscent of a 2001 Spring Training game when Diamondbacks great Randy Johnson accidentally killed a bird with a fastball while pitching against the San Francisco Giants.
“I don’t remember it as a kid,” he said. “But I’ve seen the clip many times.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report
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