Wednesday night's game between the Rakuten Eagles and the Seibu Lions at Kobo Park Miyagi in Sendai was cancelled after eight innings due to a flock of birds descending upon the field, according to the Kyodo News Service.
In a scene reminiscent of Joba Chamberlain and the Yankees battling the midges in the 2007 ALDS against the Indians—or the Book of Revelations—dozens of birds began circling in shallow centerfield. And they wouldn’t leave.
The game ended in an 8–8 tie. (Unlike flocks of circling birds, ties are totally normal in Japan.)
The birds reportedly did not leave the stadium until all the lights were turned off. The night is dark and full of terrors.