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Watch: O’s offense comes alive after raccoon’s removal from Camden Yards

The Baltimore Orioles beat the Toronto Blue Jays by a score of 10-5 on Wednesday night to complete a three-game sweep. And the superstitious among us might speculate that the removal of a wily raccoon who had taken up temporary residence in Camden Yards may have played a part in the sweep-clinching victory.

The Orioles made note of the critter’s removal on Twitter while also alluding to how the O’s were down 4-1 at the time.

Not long after the raccoon’s removal, Adam Jones went yard for a grand slam, turning a 4-1 deficit into a 5-4 lead.

Granted, the O’s allowed the Blue Jays to tie it up at five apiece. But free from the raccoon’s bad mojo, Austin Wynns came through with a clutch go-ahead RBI single.

The Orioles even had some fun with the raccoon angle in their postgame tweet celebrating the sweep.

Well played, Orioles. Deadspin’s Chris Thompson likened the raccoon to a “powerful shaman” who “has it in” for the Orioles, as illustrated by the team’s miserable season. Joking aside, it is strange how the removal of an animal inspired an Orioles rally. After all, typically the presence of a little critter is credited for positive vibes. Rally Squirrel, anyone?

That said, the Rally Cat phenomenon involving the St. Louis Cardinals last year took on an entirely unprecedented level of drama when it comes to ballpark denizens of the animal kingdom, otherwise known in the major leagues as the “Rally [Insert Animal Here]” craze.