Game 2 of the NLDS between the Dodgers and Padres proved a real nail-biter, for more reasons than one.
Because perched between the wave of home runs, stolen bases and web gems that took place on Wednesday night was an actual goose.
You heard me right: A goose landed on the field in the eighth inning, setting up shop right outside the hole between first and second base.
WE GOT A GOOSE ON THE FIELD. I REPEAT WE HAVE A GOOD LUCK GOOSE ON THE FIELD pic.twitter.com/1n9f7bQwrf
— PFT Commenter (@PFTCommenter) October 13, 2022
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It was a noteworthy moment for more reasons than one. For starters, the last goose to shake up a major league field like that had to be Gossage, right?
Second, the waterfowl’s appearance caused a slight delay, with stadium personnel scrambling to escort the bird off the premises.
Check it out:
TV: “The duck, which is actually a goose, was escorted off the field during the break”
What actually happened: pic.twitter.com/wFbIukbPwn
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) October 13, 2022
Lastly, it briefly took attention away from Padres closer Josh Hader, who showed signs of his old flame-throwing self in a four-out save of San Diego’s series-evening 5-3 win.
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Perhaps most importantly, the aquatic bird’s presence set the internet alight. Here are some of our favorite tweets from a playoff cameo unlike any other:
Goose Gossage coming out of the bullpen
— Jordan Mountkatzle (@NaturallyKatz11) October 13, 2022
I am losing respect for everyone calling that goose a duck. Learn your waterfowl before you embarrass yourself further.
— Benjamin Solak (@BenjaminSolak) October 13, 2022
Duck, duck … goose? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/74EUAQ3zhD
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) October 13, 2022
The Padres are asking Josh Hader for four outs. The first Padre to record a postseason save of more than one inning? Fittingly, Goose pic.twitter.com/R6QrPng7Jd
— AJ Cassavell (@AJCassavell) October 13, 2022
Padres goose confirmed. pic.twitter.com/lsjXVDLqc4
— Phillip Molnar (@PhillipMolnar) October 13, 2022
The Padres went to the World Series with Goose as their closer so this is a good omen.
— Ben Higgins (@BenHigginsSD) October 13, 2022
Hi. 👋 Goose expert here. Geese only do this when they’re very concerned about the state of competitive balance in baseball. Please delete your jokes and consider what the Dodgers are doing to the sport.
— Grant Brisbee (@GrantBrisbee) October 13, 2022
I would read at least 1,200 words profiling the life of this iconic goose https://t.co/9lPs2rLhtY
— Ella Brockway (@ellabrockway) October 13, 2022
My mom texted me that the goose looks like Craig Kimbrel pic.twitter.com/3ghu2QYXsj
— Pedro Baez Fan Club (@PedroBaezFanClb) October 13, 2022
Real ones know the original Rally Goose. pic.twitter.com/mfZSxw7Rmi
— Detroit Tigers (@tigers) October 13, 2022