WHEN MELOSPIZA MELODIA ATTACKS

It’s the last week of the season and not unexpectedly, the Yankees-Red Sox tilt has playoff implications. But this year it’s only the team from New York who will be playing deep into October.

With the Yankees heading into the night one game ahead of Baltimore (who won against Tampa Bay), they were hoping for another Red Sox rollover to keep the pressure on the Orioles. It wouldn’t be so easy though, as the game went into extras.

At a crucial point during the top of the 12th, the Yankee infield had a visitor, but this time it wasn’t a cat, squirrel, or streaker. It was Melospiza melodia, commonly known as the Song Sparrow. It spent a bit of time hanging Jeter and one of the umps, and then played some grabass with the Yankee Stadium crew member.

Looking straight into the camera’s eye.

The Yankees won 4-3 in 12 innings.

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