Cardinals vs Phillies Video: Watch Squirrel Drive Roy Oswalt Nuts in Game 4

Tom LoughreyAnalyst IIIOctober 6, 2011

Philadelphia Phillies versus St. Louis Cardinals: The Return of the Squirrel.

If they were making a movie about this incident, that would be the title. Luckily for us, they're not.

For the second straight game in the Phillies-Cardinals series, a squirrel made a cameo in Busch Stadium. This time, the squirrel ran right across the batter's box just moments after Phillies pitcher Roy Oswalt had delivered a pitch.

Oswalt tried to argue the call, but to no avail. His arguing the call just goes to show you that almost any professional athlete would love to pull a fast one on an official of their sport. Nonetheless, Phillies skipper Charlie Manuel was out there a few seconds later arguing for his pitcher.

If this squirrel had decided to grace Fenway Park or Wrigley Field with its presence, the squirrel would have had an automatic impact on the game. Fate would be blamed. Even if the rodent had no affect on the game, the squirrel would be barred from the stadium, never to enjoy another Cracker Jack.

Regardless of the impact it had on the game, which should have been none, it was a candid moment to break up the seriousness of the game. The little critter would continue on into the crowd, causing some fans to act as if a bear was about to attack.

Watch as some fans pop out of their seats as if the squirrel is going to jump in their laps and eat their overpriced game-day snack. A win for the coverage team is the fact that the cameraman never took a spill on either occasion while tracking the squirrel.

The same can’t be said for the cameraman following Adrian Beltre to home plate, whose tumble was well broadcasted on sports shows and the Internet.

Because the squirrel ran between the mound and home plate, commentators brought up the infamous dove that Randy Johnson exploded with a fastball way back in the 1990s. One commentator even said the bird left more peacefully.


The squirrel drama was eventually quelled and the game continued on.

Makes you miss the squirrel a little, doesn’t it?