May 7 (UPI) — The grounds crew for the Norfolk Tides was busy catching baby ducks this weekend during a Minor League Baseball game.
Two ducklings danced around the third baseline in the third inning of the Tides’ 8-3 win against the Louisville Bats Saturday at Harbor Park in Norfolk, Va.
Cliff Pennington was at the late, facing Tides starting pitcher Yefry Ramirez. The righty worked a 1-1 count against the third baseman before the game was delayed. The umpire stood off of the plate, watching the duckling duo roam around in circles.
A bat boy came out and scooped one of the ducklings safely into a batting helmet, before handing it off to a member of the grounds crew. Kenny Magner — the head groundskeeper for the Tides — used a box to secure the other duckling.
The Tides couldn’t help but pull out the dad jokes on their official Twitter account.
“Some baby ducks decided they wanted to quack everybody up by running onto the field,” the Tides tweeted. “They were headed for fowl territory, but our groundscrew scooped them up safely. That’s what we call a #WebGem.”
The Tides — the Triple-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles — also used their namesake to defend the baby bird brigade.
“What can we say? This is #birdland,” the Tides tweeted.
The Tides reported that the ducks are “safe and sound.” About 6,300 fans attended Saturday’s Tides win. Norfolk swept Louisville in four games.