There was much to be excited about out at the Yard on Friday. Chris Davis hit number 40, Nate McLouth belted his first career grand slam, the O’s offense scored 11 runs and Chris Tillman earned his 14th victory — but a seagull interrupting play in the eighth inning was by far the most hilarious moment of the night.

With two outs in the top of the eighth inning, the Camden Yards crowd noticed a lone bird hovering around the diamond. For this story’s sake, let’s name the gull “Snowball” — that’s what I called her from my seats in section five.

Seagull interrupts Orioles-Mariners game

As Michael Saunders stepped into the batter’s box, Snowball began to fly lower and lower circling the field. The crowd grew louder as the bird looked to make a landing.

Seagull flys around field at Camden Yards

Then, suddenly and without warning Snowball found a safe spot in left center and came in for the landing.

Seagull lands on field during Orioles-Mariners game

The crowd erupted and Saunders stepped out of the box to avoid the distraction/acknowledge Snowball’s accomplishment.

A few pitches later the gull took off over the rooftop bar in centerfield and into the night.

Farewell Snowball, may our paths cross again.

About The Author

Zach Wilt is the Founding Editor of and host of the BSR Podcast. He's a loyal Orioles, Ravens and Capitals fan who is obsessed with baseball, loves traveling, In-N-Out Burger and Walt Disney World.


  1. This is Birdland…ing

  2. Snowball was a good omen. After he landing, KRod settled down and the club finished off the Mariners.

  3. IF you were intrigued by “Snowball”, you need to spend an afternoon on my back porch and watch the eagles snatch their prey mid air. At first glance you do not believe what you just witnessed but when it happens again, you marvel at the skill. Survival of the fittest at work right before your very eyes.

  4. Nature skill sets are amazing,,,,,,,,,,,,50 miles off Ocean city there is amazing hunting on going on almost all of the time , watching the larger fish go after the smaller prey is pretty neat,,,,,,,,,,and all we see is what is on or near the surface of the water,,,,,,,,,,,Mother nature is pretty cool and sometimes cruel when you witness ‘survival of the fittest’ ,,,,,,,,,Sounds like Willo has a great seat to tale in Mother nature , people pay big bucks to have that opportunity , I’m glad you are enjoying it,,,,,so many times we do not take the time to ‘smell the roses’……….good for you Willo………………..

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