The LA Angels and the Texas Rangers have one of the most intense budding rivalries in all of sports. The two teams have spent the last few years slugging it out for supremacy in the AL West. They've talked trash. They've gotten in brawls. And now… THEY ARE MILKING COWS!!!!
Yes, that's right, that was Angel rookie outfielder Kole Calhoun going up against Texas reliever Robbie Ross in a pre-game cow milking contest. No, this was not an impromptu way for the two teams to take their rivalry to the next (very strange) level, but rather a little known annual Dairy Night tradition for the Angels. It is supposed to be a promotional event for a dairy company of some sort, but it seems to mostly function as a way for the teams to embarrass their rookies, in case Ross' cowboy hat and vest get-up didn't tip you off (at least he wore the right jersey though, right?).
As the video shows, Calhoun came away victorious and, perhaps through no coincidence, so did the Angels with a 4-2 win on the back of a great night from Mike Trout. Los Angeles of Anaheim has now cut Texas' lead in the division to 4.5 games despite starting May a whopping 9 games back. Given the Angels' history of incorporating animals into their in-game superstitions and how big this win was for the club, the Rally Monkey might want to update his resume because the Rally Cow might be angling for his job.
(h/t Angels Win for the video)