Who’s ready for some baseball? Spring training is underway, and weird stuff is already happening. I mean, a fish fell from the sky and interrupted the Washington Nationals practice yesterday.
A large bird, assumed to be an osprey, flew low over the field with something in its talons. As it crossed shallow center, it dropped what it was carrying right onto the field.
“As it closer we could tell it was a fish, or some type of animal from the water,” said Denard Span, who was startled by the bird. “And then he dropped it. And that’s when everyone huddled around the fish and started looking up and it was entertaining. Entertaining for Viera.”
The bird then began to circle the field, perhaps considering going back for his lost dinner. Span said he started screaming and making noises to discourage the bird from returning for his food.
“That’s another reason why I was kind of squealing a little bit,” he explained to The Post’s Brad Horn. “I kept thinking, that’s his dinner. That’s his food. As I was looking down at the fish, I didn’t want him to think that I was trying to take his dinner and have the bird come from behind me or come from the sky and try to attack me. I kept my head on a swivel and made sure the bird didn’t catch me slipping.”
It seems Span is far from an outdoorsman. On a scale from 1-10, he ranked his comfort level in nature at .5.
“I’m from Florida,” he said “but I’ve been fishing maybe twice in my life, he said. “I’m scared of fish, scared of birds. The only thing I’m not scared of is probably, like, an ant or something like that. I don’t know what it is. I don’t like to get my hands dirty, other than clay and dirt.”
[H/T: Washington Post]