Red Sox players and fans were treated to an uninvited guest during Thursday's win over the Blue Jays -- a drone hovering over Fenway Park.
The small remote-controlled plane made at least two passes of the park, catching the attention of Fenway security, the Boston Police, and even the FAA, according to team sources. It did not escape the notice of the players, either.
"It kind of threw me off, I looked up and I was like, 'Hey, they're not supposed to have these around here, are they?'" said first baseman Mitch Moreland. "But I figured I'd try to hit it or something."
Moreland nearly succeeded by bombing the game-tying double in the ninth inning to center with the drone overhead.
According to a team spokesman, ballpark security noticed the drone early in the game before it flew over the river into Cambridge. By the time it returned late in the game, the Boston Police Department was actively searching the area outside the ballpark for the pilot.
A spokesman for the FAA told Ch. 4 that they would check to see if a permit or waiver had been issued for use of the drone. According to FAA regulations, flying drones within three miles of a Major League Baseball stadium is prohibited from one hour before a game to one hour after.
Multiple outlets reported that the drone in question was a DJI Phantom. The company issued a statement to Ch. 5, among others, that it was investigating.
"DJI is aware that an apparent DJI Phantom drone was spotted over Fenway Park during (Thursday night's) Red Sox game," the company said. "We are trying to learn more about what happened, and stand ready to work with Boston Police and other security agencies to investigate what happened. Whoever flew this drone over the stadium apparently overrode our geofencing system and deliberately violated the FAA temporary flight restriction in place over the game."
Red Sox manager Alex Cora made a prediction.
"Somebody will make a T-shirt out of it," he said.
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