A Bat Boy’s Job Is To Retrieve The Bats, Right?

Last week, a bat — the living, flying-around animal kind — swooped across home plate and interrupted a Pittsburgh Pirates/Miami Marlins game. It gave us a chance to make lots of “bats = baseball bats” jokes.

Now, as if sent down from Heaven specifically to turn that pun up to 11, a living, flying-around bat interrupted Wednesday’s game between the Atlanta Braves and the Philadelphia Phillies and had to be removed by the bat boy. Clarification alert: not a joke. This is a real thing that happened.

See for yourself:

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I think my favorite part of the clip is the announcers, who respond to the image of a bat flopping around on the infield grass with a heartwarming, down-home “awww … som’in’ wrong with it!.”

Seriously though, what’s with all the bats? This is how apocalypse movies start. Like there’s some dude in glasses in Bud Selig’s office right now in the middle of a MR. COMMISSIONER, WE HAVE TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT THESE BATS and Bud’s just waving him off.