A lovable squirrel scampered around the field in Cleveland and avoided capture
All of us are just looking for purpose in life. This extends to the animal kingdom, as creatures of all shapes and sizes are out there, day after day, doing their thing.
One adventurous (or perhaps just lost) squirrel's life plan led him to Progressive Field on Saturday afternoon, where he zipped around the infield as various members of the Twins and Indians stood and watched the saga unfold.
This critter emerged somewhere along the right-field line, ran through the infield and headed toward home plate -- attracting a lot of attention from Indians fans, not to mention Miguel Sano at third base:
Those at the game weren't the only ones captivated by the squirrel's journey, though. Far from it:
After a few minutes of this, the squirrel took off down the left-field line, with members of Cleveland's grounds crew in pursuit (as seen in the clip atop this post).
Squirrels are fast, though, so that didn't happen. Instead, the lightning-quick rodent leapt up into the stands and disappeared somewhere ... but where? The TV cameras didn't catch it, and nobody seemed to really know.
Since the Indians didn't mount an epic comeback in their 4-1 defeat to Minnesota, it's unclear whether this squirrel is, in fact, a bona fide #RallySquirrel. But those narratives tend to reveal themselves over time, so this could just be the origin story.
For what it's worth, Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor had fun with the on-field guest, as he told MLB.com's Jordan Bastian after the game:
On the other side, MLB.com's William Kosileski asked members of the Twins for their take on the situation. First up, manager Paul Molitor:
Twins right-hander Jose Berrios, who was on the mound when it all went down, had to adjust his mindset slightly:
Minnesota outfielder Max Kepler, meanwhile, seemed to be the first to spot the squirrel when it entered the field of play:
Of course, Saturday was definitely not the first instance of a squirrel invading the field of play at an Indians game:
Here's hoping, though, that another reprisal of the midges isn't on the way, too.