No fans were in attendance during the A’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday night, but there was a foul ball victim in the shape of a teddy bear.
Diamondbacks infielder Ketel Marte hit a foul ball off of Jake Diekman into the deep left field bleachers, then this happened:
Yes, that’s our own Dallas Braden with the bear pun, but weirdly enough this makes you want to be back at the ballpark, doesn’t it?
The bear also took it like a champ without a flinch and went right back to enjoying the game.
The A’s brought in teddy bears to mix with the cardboard cutouts in the stands, with teams not being able to have fans attend games this season due to MLB safety protocols. The addition of the plush toys gives it an extra dose of strange reality.
A’s third baseman Matt Chapman said earlier in the season he had tried to throw balls in between innings at the cardboard cutouts in order to see if he could inflict any damage on them. Unfortunately, they’re made out of pretty tough, weather-resistant material.
But don’t be surprised if they try their luck on some more bears.