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A goose was on the loose Wednesday night in Detroit until a scoreboard at Comerica Park intervened. In the top of the sixth inning as the Angels and Tigers waited out their second rain delay, a goose flew onto the outfield grass.

Members of the Tigers grounds crew tried to chase away the goose, but had no luck as it flew from the outfield into the infield and then back to the outfield. The goose ultimately took off and began flying out of Comerica, only to meet his match with a illuminated scoreboard.

The goose slammed into the scoreboard and went crashing into the seats below, as the fans who were cheering seconds earlier exhaled in despair. Good news though! The goose was fine and was released without further harm!


The Metro Detroit veterinarian who helped a goose that crashed into a Comerica Park video board on Wednesday night threw out the first pitch at Thursday’s series finale against the Angels.

Paws also presented Dr. Catherine Roach with a basket of Tigers’ merchandise including hats, blankets and koozies.Roach says the goose, now known as the Rally Goose, is “doing really well,” and is recovering at Michigan State University’s wildlife ward. She says MSU plans to keep the goose for 24 to 48 hours before releasing him into the wild.X-rays were negative, and the bird passed a physical exam. No 10-day DL stint or rehab assignments will be necessary, she joked.

The team’s public relations department also appears to be having some fun with the idea. The Tigers Thursday game notes are littered with bird-pun sub heads like “Early-bird special,” “Joining the flock,” “Duck, duck, goose” and “Father goose.”

The Toronto Blue Jays, who are at to Comerica Park for a 3-game series starting Friday, also tried to claim the goose.


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