The Washington Nationals had their practice interrupted on Thursday after a large bird dropped a fish onto the field. Newly acquired outfielder Denard Span spoke about the unusual occurrence in this video clip, courtesy of The Washington Post.
Apparently, the bird, which is believed to be an osprey, soared over the field while clutching something in its talons. As it flew over center field, the bird had a case of butterfingers and dropped what players soon realized to be a fish onto the grass.
“As it got closer we could tell it was a fish, or some type of animal from the water,” said 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."
According to an eye witness, the bird then began circling the field, perhaps weighing the risk of reclaiming its lost meal. That is when Span allegedly started screaming and making noises at the bird to discourage it from returning.
"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.”
Span, who played last season for the Minnesota Twins, admitted to being terrified of fish and birds during the interview. He then went on to say that the only creature that he is probably not scared of is an ant. Of course, he may have been exaggerating a bit there.
Via DC Sports Blog