It’s a big night in Major League Baseball for animal enthusiasts. An elusive cat on the field caused a delay during game action at Yankee Stadium on Monday night, and an even more unusual situation took place during the Washington Nationals’ game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Nats Park.
In the bottom of the eighth inning, a praying mantis was on the hat of Nats center fielder Victor Robles in the Washington dugout. He even played the ninth inning with the praying mantis still on his head.
— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) August 3, 2021
— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) August 3, 2021
Victor Robles has a praying mantis on his hat in center field. It was on his hat in the dugout. It’s a real praying mantis. It’s not a fake thing as part of a prank. He ran out to the outfield and it didn’t fly/fall off. It’s still there. This is…different.
— Dan Kolko (@masnKolko) August 3, 2021
It’s unclear when Robles learned about the praying mantis being on his head, but he embraced it while playing center field, and even kept the insect informed on how many outs there were.
Robles is forever awesome for this pic.twitter.com/tEPpfjxR7l
— Absolutely Hammered (@AH_Pod) August 3, 2021
Unfortunately for Robles and the Nats, the Mantis’ rallying powers weren’t enough in a 7-5 loss to the Phillies.