Fastballs and Doves
cliffdrake at qwest.net
Tue Mar 27 11:37:38 PST 2001
If anyone really wants to see the incident it's on ESPN's MLB web page. Goto
http://espn.go.com/mlb/index.html and click on the video tab in the MLB
spotlight box. Real player or avi. You can also see Ken Griffey Jr. pull a
hamstring if you want...
cliffdrake at qwest.net
----- Original Message -----
From: "Jim McCoy" <jfmccoy at earthlink.net>
To: "'Michael Willison'" <sendtomichael at hotmail.com>;
<tweeters at u.washington.edu>
Sent: Tuesday, March 27, 2001 9:02 AM
Subject: RE: Fastballs and Doves
> I saw it last night on Baseball Tonight on ESPN, and it was tough to
> watch, even for someone who's fairly jaded about such things. The
> bird came in fast from the right (the first time they showed it I
> didn't even see it), and there was no chance to ID it definitively
> without a *lot* of experience with southwestern doves (I have none).
> It was light-colored and small; too small for either a mourning or
> white-winged dove. I believe it was either an Inca dove or a common
> ground dove; I'd need another replay or two to focus on tail length.
> At impact feathers flew in every direction, and that "poof" you
> mentioned was a reasonable characterization -- think of the effect of a
> cherry bomb inserted into a mounted specimen, and you'll have a pretty
> good idea of the visual spectacle.
> Don't be too hard on Randy; there's no way he could have seen it
> coming, and he did seem a little upset by the whole thing. As I wrote
> above, tough to watch...
> Jim McCoy
> jfmccoy at earthlink.net
> Redmond, WA
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Michael Willison [mailto:sendtomichael at hotmail.com]
> Sent: Monday, March 26, 2001 2:57 PM
> To: tweeters at u.washington.edu
> Subject: Fastballs and Doves
> I just heard on the radio that former Mariner, Randy Johnson, while
> in pre-season game yesterday, threw a pitch that collided with a dove that
> flew through the projectory of the pitch. This instantly killed the dove,
> sending up a poof of feathers and inhibiting the pitch from even reaching
> home plate. Did anyone per chance catch this on the television? It must
> have been some sight. The odds of this even occuring are staggering. I
> curious if anyone saw/heard what kind of dove this was.
> Michael Willison
> Auburn Wa
> sendtomichael at hotmail.com
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