Technically, Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Dane De La Rosa doesn’t have a big-league save to his name.
Randy the bird, however, would surely argue that fact.
In the third inning of the Angels’ 8-3 road win over the Oakland A’s Thursday, De La Rosa saved a wounded bird that was laying near a baseline fence.
Captured live by NBC cameras, the 30-year-old pitcher gently scooped up the pigeon – which he would later name Randy – took a seat in the bullpen for a moment and then walked past a handful of puzzled teammates on his way to the clubhouse.
Thank you for all the kind words and helpful warnings. After the release back to the wild I made sure to wash my hands.(twice)— The_DUDE! (@Daner13) July 26, 2013
The best part?
De La Rosa took the mound in the eighth inning and performed well. He needed only 10 pitches to retire three straight A’s batters.