Everyone said Eric Wedge was crazy to train wild birds to chase down baseballs in the outfield and distract opposing outfielders. Well, who's the crazy one now, huh? Indians/Birds 1, Royals 0.
Shin-Soo Choo had a walk off hit in the 10th inning last night—a hit that outfielder Coco Crisp could not field because the ball bounced off a bird who had parked himself in shallow left-center with the rest of his bird buddies. The birds have been wandering the
ProgressiveJacobs Field grass a lot lately, probably because of the steady supply of midges that also love to call the stadium home ... and occasionally help the Indians win games.
It's all a product of Wedge's Tarzan-like "call of the wild" strategy, where he summons the animal spirits do his bidding and vanquish the enemies of Chief Wahoo. But will it come back to haunt him? First, the midges start deciding games, but then you need seagulls to control the midges ... and soon the seagulls are calling the shots. So what's the seagull's natural predator? Alligators? Orcas? If the Indians sign a grizzly bear to play left field, don't say I didn't warn you.