Behold “Squirrel Man,” the world’s newest superhero.
A college baseball game between Wichita State and Kansas was put on hold when a squirrel stormed the field. Players watched in amusement as the furry little interloper set up camp in the infield (via Busted Coverage), romping on shoes and making itself at home around the players until a helmeted hero took control of the situation.
The unlikely hero was Wichita State baserunner Tyler Baker, who had been a standing on second before deciding to take off in pursuit of the squirrel. Baker took off his helmet and gave chase, walking determinedly after the fleeing animal.
After a few loops around the basepath, Baker managed to catch the little critter as it attempted to flee into the outfield, scooping it up handily with his batting helmet to cheers from the Kansas crowd.
It was a surreal moment, with the squirrel sitting calmly in its new little hideout as Baker trotted off the field smiling. And by “Baker” I mean “Squirrel Man”—the new name given to Baker by the Kansas sportscaster calling the game, who provided an excellent play-by-play of the squirrel chase
Baker (ahem, Squirrel Man), told reporters he was surprised how well it all went after the game.
“I was scared it would do something, but it was weird, he just walked up to me,” Baker said. “I was just saying, ‘Come here. Come here, little guy.’ … I thought it might jump up out of the helmet, but it just looked up at me the whole time.”
Also worth mentioning is the manner in which the sportscaster said, “Squirrel man himself,” as if he, the play-by-play guy had once caught a fleeting glimpse of Squirrel Man long ago as a child and had since held out hope that one day he would see him again.
This isn’t the first time a furry field stormer has made its way into the playing surface—not by a long shot—but it’s certainly one of the smoothest exits. It went about 10 times better than The Great Swiss Pine Marten Chase earlier this year.
So congratulations, Squirrel Man. You did work out there, and I hope you choose to team up with Quail Man to fight crime and save field-invading animals everywhere.
Call Marvel, because this summer Tyler Baker is—Squirrel Man: Dr__Carson