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This praying mantis is pulling for Astros

@MattMonagan
October 6, 2020

Due to COVID-19, fans are not allowed at the ALDS or NLDS this October. Human fans, that is. There was one little fan who was able to take in the Astros' 5-2 win over the A's in Game 2 of the ALDS on Tuesday. It got in for free and

Due to COVID-19, fans are not allowed at the ALDS or NLDS this October. Human fans, that is.

There was one little fan who was able to take in the Astros' 5-2 win over the A's in Game 2 of the ALDS on Tuesday. It got in for free and had as good a seat as you'll ever see.

Had is the key word. Astros reliever Enoli Paredes quickly brushed the bug off his shoulder, terrified to see something that looked like a blade of grass with legs crawling up the side of his body.

But remember: Praying mantises have long been known to bring good fortune or good luck in this world -- other big league teams know a little bit about that.

Was swatting it away the right move? How long has it been watching and praying for the Astros? And will this game -- this game where it was rudely ejected from its field-level seat -- be the last game the Astros ever win?

Matt Monagan is a writer for MLB.com. In his spare time, he travels and searches Twitter for Wily Mo Peña news.