Feisty Raccoon Bravely Harasses Evil Empire In Tampa
(New York Daily News Photo)
We're sure we read somewhere that when a raccoon interrupts a team's Spring Training, it brings 13 years of bad luck. You've heard that, right? Yesterday, a nocturnal mammal of the Procyon genus made its way onto the backfields of the Steinbrenner complex in Tampa (AKA: The Bronx Mausoleum South). When "Rocky" (as we shall call him) positioned himself on the screen behind home plate, an Empire employee whacked the little guy with a stick. Whether that employee was Aroldis Chapman cannot yet be confirmed. As the New York Times rightly points out, "In 2007, a squirrel climbed up and down the right-field foul pole during a game against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium, an incident that led a Norse scholar to fear that it portended good fortune for the Red Sox and misfortune for the Yankees. Later that year, the Yankees were done in — not just by the Indians, but by the midges that swarmed them in a playoff game in Cleveland. Meanwhile, the Red Sox won the World Series." We can only hope for a reprieve of 2007.