OAKLAND, Calif. (KTVU) - A goose led members of the Detroit Tigers grounds crew on a chase around Comerica Park during a sixth inning rain delay Wednesday night until its final takeoff was a little low and it collided with a scoreboard. Then it fell to the seats and landed just feet from a fan.
The goose is fine.
Tigers were hosting the Los Angeles Angels and they were in their second rain delay when the goose took the field. The solo-flying bird landed in the outfield grass. And as crew members attempted to chase it away, the goose flew back and forth from the outfield to the infield.
Those in attendance applauded the goose as it began what appeared to be its journey out of the ballpark. The Fox Sports West telecast joined in: “There he goes. He gone. He’s in cruise control now.”
And then boom, its flight path came to a sudden halt. “Down goes the goose,” the Fox Sports crew said.
The ordeal seemed to give the Tigers some wings as they soared from a 1-1 tie at the rain delay to a 6-1 victory – all five runs post-delay came in the bottom of the sixth inning. Afterwards, the team tweeted an update, noting that the goose is healthy and was released from Comerica Park. And then they announced its unofficial name: #RallyGoose.
We've been informed the goose is healthy and has been released outside the ballpark. #RallyGoose— Detroit Tigers (@tigers) May 31, 2018
The team brought Dr. Catherine Roach, the veterinarian who rescued the goose, out to throw out the first pitch in Thursday’s game.
The Tigers are 2-0 since Rally Goose made its presence known.