Raccoon Platoon? Yankees Affiliate Walks Off After Unexpected Dugout Visit
(video: WCBD/Charleston RiverDogs)
Struggling to stay over .500, the New York Yankees have had a hard time dealing with animals like Orioles, Blue Jays and Tigers this season.
When it comes to raccoons, however, their Class A affiliate in Charleston, SC would probably like to invite them back more often after what went down during Wednesday's game.
On Big Splash Day, in which fans stayed cool in the hot South Carolina sun with super soakers and water balloons, Riley Park, home to the Charleston RiverDogs of the South Atlantic League, played host to two unexpected fans on Wednesday, as a pair of raccoons found their way into the visitors' dugout during an extra inning tilt with the Rome Braves. The game went through a 10 minute delay, during which the animals were successfully herded out of the dugout and released outside the stadium.
The subsequent on-field action cemented the Riley raccoons' legacy shortly after.
After Jeff Hendrix was able to work out a walk out of what's more than likely the first ever raccoon delay in the history of professional baseball, rookie Mandy Alvarez cracked a double to score Hendrix, giving Charleston a 3-2 victory in 10 innings, and sealing the mammals' fate in RiverDogs lore.
It's not like Charleston needs the luck. After completing a sweep of Rome, they've won four games in a row, and won the 1st half of the South Atlantic League season with a 42-27 record, ensuring them a spot in the playoffs.
Have any other Minor League Baseball shenanigans I should be aware of? Tweet me @GeoffMags5490.
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