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(Video) The St. Louis Cardinals And The Curse Of The Rascally Squirrel

No, don’t laugh, it’s true. The little varmint who briefly delayed play during the 6th inning of Game 4 between the St. Louis Cardinals and Philadelphia Phillies might have cursed the Cards due to his disruptive antics.

The squirrel interrupted Ryan Theroit’s at-bat in the bottom of the 6th. Theroit eventually singled once play resumed and Jon Jay walked as St. Louis staged a mini-rally with two outs. But it was not to be, as pitcher Jamie Garcia struck out swinging. The next inning, Garcia left one out and up in the zone and Ben Francisco jumped on it for a three-run homer, which proved to be enough, as the Phillies edged the Cardinals by a score of 3-2 to take a 2-1 lead in the series.

Did the squirrel somehow place a hex upon the Cardinals team, a la the black cat and billy goat from baseball lore? Hard to say, but the Phillies sure were amused by it, even though they didn’t quite understand the cosmic significance of the interruption as it pertained to good luck charm vs. bad omen (via MLB.com):

“Oh, we noticed that squirrel,” infielder Tyler Greene said. “But we didn’t know what to think of it, good or bad…”

But if you think for one second that renowned animal lover Tony La Russa has changed his views of the wondrous nature of all creatures in the animal kingdom, think again:

Manager Tony La Russa, who founded the Animal Rescue Foundation, was linked to a possible adoption. His daughter, Bianca, thought the family might have a new pet by Wednesday, tweeting:

“Good bet, but I’d say 98% RT @MattSebek: There’s a squirrel on the field at Busch Stadium. 96% chance it sleeps at La Russa’s house tonight”

That La Russa: a man of principle. Although I don’t think, in light of what occurred after the squirrel made its grand appearance, anyone should be surprised if this little critter suffers the same fate as the pet rabbit in Fatal Attraction. A man has his limits, people.

This squirrel is nuts for postseason baseball [MLB.com]
[video courtesy of Big League Stew]