Minor League Pitcher Catches Bird With His Bare Hands [Video]
Jesus Cruz is a pitcher for the Peoria Chiefs, a minor league team affiliated with the St. Louis Cardinals. He had a run-in with a bird as he left them mound during a game.
It wasn't a bad run-in at all. In fact, after he caught the bird, he put it in his glove, says a prayer, then places it on his head!
As Cruz continued to walk toward the dugout, the bird flies off of his head and onto the ground.
The pitcher thought the bird might be injured, so he scooped him up.
Here's what Cruz said after being interviewed about the incident:
“I wasn’t scared at all,” Cruz said through interpreter and Chiefs infielder Yariel Gonzalez. “I just saw it and the bird landed in my hand and I just kept walking.”
“It was a just blessing,” Cruz, who is Catholic, said of the gesture. “It’s not very often something like that happens. I was just thanking God for everything and the bird in hand, too, and thanking him for a good game.”
“I was happy to see the bird flew away [because] I thought he was hurt,” Cruz said. “When the bird landed, I just picked him up because I like animals and I took advantage of that.”