Another week, another bird death in baseball.
Cleveland Guardians outfielder Will Brennan hits a birdie-hit grounder during the second inning of a game with the Chicago White Sox. bird was hit instantly by a 100.1 mph ball and was carried off the field by a member of the ground crew with a shovel.
It is difficult to see at first, but the bird can be seen when the camera cuts to Brennan at second base.
Brennan later apologized on Twitter for the accidental killing.
“I’m really sorry @peta and bird enthusiasts,” Brennan wrote, “An unfortunate sacrifice.”
The Guardians defeated the White Sox, 3–0. Brennan’s only hit in his three at-bats was the one that struck out Bird.
Second bird death in a week
Six days earlier, Arizona Diamondbacks Zac Gallen hit a bird with a hot pitch before a road game against the Oakland Athletics. It drew immediate comparisons to the infamous pitch by Randy Johnson, who hit a bird mid-flight during a spring training game in 2001.
Coincidentally, both Brennan’s Guardians and Galen’s Diamondbacks won their respective games despite attacking and killing a stray animal.