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Vet who tended to injured goose at Tigers game throws out first pitch (vid)

Dr. Catherine Roach, the veterinarian who tended to the Canada goose that crashed into a video banner at Comerica Park during Wednesday night’s game against the Los Angeles Angels was rewarded for her efforts by getting the chance to throw out the ceremonial first pitch ahead of Thursday’s game.

Wednesday’s troubling incident occurred during a rain delay in the sixth inning the Detroit Tigers and Los Angeles Angels. Comerica Park groundskeepers did their very best to get the Canada Goose off the field, even shooting off fireworks to scare it off.

When the goose finally made its exit, an unfortunate accident occurred when it slammed into a video banner and plummeted down into the lower-deck seats. That’s when Dr. Roach took action.

“I ran down there and told people, ‘Hey, I’m a veterinarian,’” Roach said, via the Detroit Free Press. “They let me through and I was able to grab him.”

Roach carefully cradled the goose and was escorted out of the ballpark by security.

“He was alert. He was looking at me,” Roach said. “There’s a big thing of grass and bushes (outside Comerica), and I released him so he could hide. He ran into the bushes; he didn’t fly. I can imagine he’s dazed after that fall.”

The Tigers, thanks to “Rally Goose” — or not — did in fact rally in Wednesday’s game to beat the Los Angeles Angels by a score of 6-1. On Thursday, the Tigers could not help but get silly over the entire goose angle.

The Tigers even displayed a fake Canada goose in the clubhouse ahead of Thursday’s matinee.

Suffice to say, this Rally Goose stuff is for the birds.