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Elephants & Baseball [Mar. 15th, 2009|12:01 pm]
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To this day, Dave Winfield swears he didn’t do it on purpose. Between innings of a game in Toronto on August 4, 1983, the Yankee outfielder caught one last warm-up toss and then threw it to a ball boy waiting along the foul line. Perched on the field between Winfield and the boy, however, was a small white gull. After taking a short hop, the baseball hit the bird hard…and killed it. As the groundskeepers quickly came in and took it away, Winfield raised his cap. Stunned Toronto fans saw this as disrespectful and threw things at the Yankee slugger for the rest of the game. And after the game, a group of Mounties arrested Winfield (in the visitor clubhouse) for “willfully causing unnecessary cruelty to an animal.” Winfield denied it was willful, but cooperated and paid the $500 bail. The charges were later dropped, but Winfield’s reputation in Canada was severely damaged. (When the Blue Jays later brought in a falcon to try and curb the ballpark’s gull population, they named it “Winfield.”)
Redeemed: Ironically, Winfield (the player, not the falcon) was later traded to the Blue Jays and helped win the 1992 World Series with a spectacular game-winning double in Game 6… earning him the nickname “Mr. Jay.”

And awww.. this is cute. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WFNXwor69-U&feature=related

Elephant mastercard commercial. Why didn't anyone id him? ;)

[User Picture]From: greenraven
2009-03-15 05:35 pm (UTC)
I remember all that brouhaha. It made the news for what felt like weeks! It did seem deliberate but he did take all the criticism fairly well. It still comes up from time to time during baseball season.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2009-03-15 05:39 pm (UTC)
I had never heard about it before.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2009-03-15 07:36 pm (UTC)
Aww,that's sweet!
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From: echanchisai
2009-03-15 09:39 pm (UTC)
Hah! Very interesting! I am sure he didn't mean to kill it - Winfield was an upstanding guy. I am a NYY fan, but I'm even a bigger fan of birds! Poor gull. :( Ironic that they then brought in something to lessen the gull population.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2009-03-15 09:41 pm (UTC)
Yeah, seriously. Maybe they were afraid that more would be killed in baseball related incidents. ugh.
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[User Picture]From: travestine
2009-03-16 04:25 am (UTC)
Awwww ... I like the little monkey at the end, pulling all the tissues out of the Kleenex box!
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2009-03-16 04:47 am (UTC)
Me too. :) Awww.
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