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Nationals praise ‘Rufus the Rally Pigeon’ in wake of homer barrage (vid)

A pigeon has become an Internet sensation after setting up shop behind home plate during the Washington Nationals’ home run barrage during Thursday’s game. And now, said bird has been dubbed “Rufus the Rally Pigeon” by the team.

The Nationals hit four consecutive homers during the third inning — and five in six plate appearances — off Milwaukee Brewers right-hander Michael Blazek during a 15-2 blowout victory. The five dingers in one inning tied a major league record.

When the carnage was over, the Nationals hit eight round-trippers in the rout. Perhaps the most notable — or at least the most amusing — aspect of the back-to-back-to-back barrage was the presence of a pigeon who was milling around behind home plate during the vulgar display of power.

Rufus the Rally Pigeon’s day at Nationals Park, as told by The Washington Post.

The bird, now an internet sensation, stayed situated behind the home plate cutout just above the Nationals’ Curly W logo, where it had been roaming from the start of the game. It briefly moved to the infield grass parallel to the pitcher’s mound but returned to its familiar territory soon after. The masses rejoiced.

The Nationals proceeded to have some fun with Rufus the Rally Pigeon on Twitter.

Rufus the Rally Pigeon, everyone.