A rogue pigeon caused quite the distraction during Monday night’s game between the Texas Rangers and the Los Angeles Angels.
During the third and fourth inning, the bird thwarted the attempts of both the umpiring crew and Mike Napoli to remove it, and got under the skin of Angels third baseman Jefry Marte during.
But the invading bird was no match for Rangers manager Jeff Banister.
The pigeon’s self-guided tour of the field at Angel Stadium came to an end when Banister picked the bird up with his bare hands and took it into the dugout tunnel. (Don't see tweets below? Go here.)
In the 4th inning, the Rangers gave up no runs, and also Jeff Banister picked up a rogue pigeon with his bare hands.— Baseball Texas (@BaseballTX) August 22, 2017
According to Jeff Wilson with the Star-Telegram, Banister gave the bird to a stadium attendant, who then set it free.
Pigeon update: Jeff Banister took the bird that camped in the infield in the fourth inning to a stadium attendant, who set it free.— Jeff Wilson (@JeffWilson_FWST) August 22, 2017
Fox Sports Southwest dubbed it the #RallyPigeon in a postgame tweet. The theory could be true, as the Rangers put four runs on the board in the third inning -- which happened to be the inning the bird started wreaking havoc on the field.
Whatever works. Monday’s game was the first of a 10-game road trip against division foes for Texas, which finds itself two games out of the second Wild Card spot and one-and-a-half behind the Angels in the race.