Jul 26, 2013, 7:55 AM PST
The social media world was abuzz on Thursday night when Angels reliever Dane De La Rosa found a hobbled pigeon in the Angels bullpen. De La Rosa braved a potential case of bird flu and transported the pigeon to the dugout where he lovingly held it in his hands during the game.
Eventually the pigeon was gone, prompting wide-spread concern over its whereabouts. Comcast SportsNet sent an intern to find out what happened to the bird, and he discovered that it was set free in the parking lot. Rumor has it that the pigeon in question could be “War Pigeon,” the bird that frequents Oakland Raiders games. War Pigeon went viral after flying alongside the Raiders special teams players during kickoffs, and draws cheers from the crowd when staffers try to corral him and take him off the field of play.
At times during the A’s 8-3 loss to the Angels, people were far more interested in War Pigeon than the game itself. That isn’t exactly surprising. Face it. Most Americans love their pets more than other human beings. The proof is in the data. According to a study done by Waggener Edstrom Worldwide, 41 percent of online charity donations go to animal foundations, while just 18 percent of the money is used helping human rights organizations.
Mindful of that fact, here are a bunch of important sports tidbits with animal tie-ins.
A Seahawk is hurt. All-Pro wide receiver Percy Harvin could need surgery to repair a torn labrum in his hip. This is a big blow to the Seahawks’ offense and somewhat evens the playing field with the 49ers, after they lost Michael Crabtree for a bulk of the season.
People in Panda hats had a reason to look on the bright side on Thursday. The Giants didn’t lose and the division-leading Dodgers did. The Giants were guaranteed not to lose because they didn’t have a game to play, but days without defeat are starting to become few and far between. The defending World Series Champions are seven games behind, but they aren’t giving up hope. As trade rumors swirl around right fielder Hunter Pence, he tells our Giants Insider that he, like Journey, won’t stop believing.
“We’ve just got to keep pushing and continue to try to progress and compete each day with everything we have,” Pence said. “I feel we’ve been playing hard. The effort, the hustle, those are the things you can control. The preparation, all of that. We’ve got to constantly believe the tide can turn.”
The 49ers have a new top dog. Our 49ers Insider Matt Maiocco says that Colin Kaepernick looked and sounded like a leader in his first 49ers training camp as the starting quarterback. Kaepernick spoke in front of the media and referred to his teammates as “my players” severals times over the course of the interview session.
Meanwhile, the man that took a sasquatch to an award show, Brian Wilson, threw for several scouts in Los Angeles on Thursday. According to reports, he topped out at 93 mph and had scouts from nine different teams watching him. Somewhat surprisingly, the A’s were one of them.
Field of Links!
— Most players show up to training camp rocking comfortable yet stylish sweat pants and fancy Beats By Dre headphones while carrying luggage. Darnell Dockett showed up with a jungle cat. Yup. The dude brought a friggin’ tiger to training camp. Rawr.
— Keeping with the animal theme (sort of)… International recording artist Ellie Goulding was performing in San Jose on Thursday and was seen representing the Sharks.
— A-Rod owns apparently owns a rat-riddled apartment complex.
— Not exactly an animal, but mammal Manny Ramirez isn’t expected to be seen in the major leagues any time soon.
Field of Teams
Join us on the Field of Teams as we cover the fun, viral, sometimes even downright weird aspects of Bay Area sports, powered by Casey Pratt and the CSNBayArea.com staff.
Do you have a nugget for our Field of Teams staff? Is there something about Bay Area sports you've always wanted to know? Email us and let us know -- if we use it, we got a t-shirt in it for ya.
Top Posts & Pages
- Super Bowl players' pregame playlists revealed
- TBT: After losing his arm and career, Dave Dravecky had to find himself
- Field of Links: Kap pitches in, Alex Smith tees it up with 49ers, Sharks and Warriors struggling
- Ever wonder how the Giants chalk their infield?
- Here are the many different A's stadium renderings through the years
- Bad offense, not bad officiating, is main culprit for Sharks' skid
- Gameday: How the well-rested Nets will test the Durant-less Warriors
- Joel Embiid 'likes' Kevin Durant's postgame comments
- Steph Curry goes on rant over how Celtics-in-Finals comments were interpreted
- Warriors F Kevin Durant won't play vs Nets due to ankle injury
- Watch: Fleetwood gets emotional with family after Race to Dubai win
- SFO Is Among 10 Most Instagram-Worthy Airports in US: Report
- Matsuyama after Koepka rout: 'Huge gap between us'
- McCormick to caddie for Spieth at Aussie Open
- Rahm wins finale, Fleetwood takes Race to Dubai
|louiecarmae on Field of Links: Kings’ I…|
|louiecarmae on Snoop Dogg: ‘Raiders are…|
|louiecarmae on Case of the Mondays: Seahawks…|
|louiecarmae on Field of Links: Seahawks fan g…|
|louiecarmae on Johnny Football vastly outdraw…|