The Nationals and Astros will share a new spring training facility, the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach, Florida. But it looks like there's already a tenant ruling that roost: flocks of birds.
According to The Palm Beach Post, hundreds of birds are flying around the construction project. They're not only perching in the trees around the ballpark, but also on the light posts, batting cages and club house buildings.
The newspaper consulted a wildlife biologist from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, who identified the birds as a type of crow that scavenges for food.
A nearby landfill could be drawing them to the area, or they could be returning to their usual territory.
Before construction began, the land had been covered in vegetation and pine trees. The birds may have been displaced temporarily by the building, but returned once they discovered new places to roost at the ballpark.
Grass seed and fertilizer used at the site could also be attracting them.
Regardless of why the birds have flocked to the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, they probably aren't leaving any time soon.
“Once the baseball stadium opens, with fans eating French fries and food, I’m sure they will be hanging around more,” the wildlife biologist said.
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Bryce Harper has been having a little fun on Twitter lately with his fans, who are still anxiously waiting to hear which MLB team the coveted free agent will sign with this season.
And the 26-year-old slugger's jokes continued through the AFC championship game between the New England Patriots and the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday night.
The Patriots' 37-31 overtime win over the Chiefs was broadcasted on CBS, so former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo was calling the game, along with Jim Nantz. Since Romo joined the broadcast booth for the 2017 season, he's repeatedly proven he can read a defense before a quarterback does and predict a play before it unfolds.
He did it again during the AFC championship matchup, and fans watching were stunned at his accuracy. And that brings us to Harper, who chimed in with a joke about Romo's spot-on predictions.
So, does this mean Harper knows what his future team is?! Maybe he's growing as tired of the anticipation as fans (especially Nationals fans) are.
Recently, he's been responding on Twitter to discussions about where he'll end up with shrugging and questioning emojis -- making light of the offseason's biggest mystery.
After Romo's proven history of being able to predict the future on the NFL side with incredible accuracy, maybe he does know Harper's future too. Here's a look at some of his predictions from the Patriots-Chiefs game, as well as from his first couple seasons in the booth.
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After weeks of twists and turns and not enough information for any Nationals fan's satisfaction, the Chicago Cubs seem to be out of the race for free agent Bryce Harper.
Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant seemingly confirmed the news on Friday night from the opening ceremonies of the 2019 Cubs Convention.
"He's not signing here," Bryant said as he sat down with NBC Sports Chicago.
Though there have been no official reports of whether or not the Cubs are completely out in the race to sign Harper, a word from one of Harper's longtime friends shouldn't be brushed aside.
Bryant and Harper took the field together in the 2016 MLB All-Star game, and faced off in the 2017 NLDS Cubs-Nats matchup.
The pair have known each other since grade schoool, and played for rival high schools in Las Vegas. But despite their history, Bryant says that they haven't chatted much about the situation otherwise, choosing to focus on preserving their friendship.
"I never bring it up to him," Bryant admitted. "I try to be a good friend to him, and not talk about baseball when he doesn't want to talk about baseball."
"Whatever happens, I wish [him] the best."
You can see more of Bryant's interview with NBCSC below.
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