KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) A bird was struck and killed by a foul ball while perched atop the protective netting behind home plate during the first inning of the Tigers-Braves game on Friday.
Detroit catcher James McCann hit a pitch from Atlanta starter Mike Foltynewicz toward the right side of the screen. The sharp liner made direct contact with the bird, sending it crashing to the first row of seats in a burst of feathers.
Play was not interrupted, and McCann said he didn't find out about the unfortunate incident until he singled and was told by umpire Joe West at first base.
Foltynewicz said the timing of the accident was especially unusual because he recently was talking about the time Randy Johnson hit a bird with a pitch during 2001 spring training while the Hall of Famer was on the Arizona Diamondbacks.