Originally posted on The Other Paper  |  Last updated 7/31/14
There was an unusual rundown during a minor league baseball game Wednesday — and the baserunner ending up in a garbage can.When an opossum appeared during a game between the Quad Cities River Bandits (an Astros affiliate) and the Clinton LumberKings (an affiliate for the Mariners), the grounds crew took over the action on the field as the hideous critter (sorry po-cat lovers) ran up the third base line past the pitcher's mound.A River Bandits team employee trailed the invader with a garbage can, trapping the animal near third base.After the employee pumped his fist in triumph, he then raised his hands unsure of what to do next. And in a classic minor league moment, the stadium staff played the “Jeopardy!” theme song over the loudspeakers.Eventually another employee came along and picked up the opossum by its tail, walking the adventurous animal off the field in the garbage can.The @QCRiverBandits' game was briefly delayed today when an opossum took the field. Seriously. Photo: @QCBanditPhotog pic.twitter.com/rBlgFnZ8ih— MiLB.com (@MiLB) July 31, 2014Play was delayed less than five minutes by the little rascal's adventure. The LumberKings won the game, 6-5.
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