This day in baseball: Blindsided birdPosted: March 24, 2014
What’s it like to get hit by a 95-MPH fastball? It’s bad news for a ballplayer, but even worse news if you’re a bird. On March 24, 2001, in an exhibition game against the San Francisco Giants, Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Randy Johnson threw a fastball that hit a dove flying in front of home plate. The bird died instantly, appearing to explode into a firework of feathers, never knowing what hit it.