if Diamondbacks Fans will have a nickel for every time one of their pitchers hits a bird this century, they will have two nickels – which, to steal from the Disney Channel show Phineas and Ferbnot much, but surprisingly it happened twice.
Arizona pitcher Zac Gallen pregame warm-ups for the Diamondbacks’ game against Athletics Wednesday afternoon, ahead of his next scheduled start against the Pirates on Friday. The session ended abruptly, however, when the two-time Cy Young top-10 finisher clipped his curveball and hit a birdie.
The news was delivered with appropriate solemnity on the Bally Sports Arizona broadcast, with one broadcaster saying, “The bird is gone. I know it took Zac Gallen a while to figure that out, but he hit it was on a curveball mid-flight, and our cameras caught it.
Zac Gallen really hit a bird with a curveball. pic.twitter.com/T6XOZudoMH
— Bally Sports Arizona (@BALLYSPORTSAZ) May 17, 2023
An immediate parallel was drawn between Gallen’s indiscretion and Hall of Fame pitcher Randy Johnson’s 2001 destruction of a pigeon with his trademark fastball. Johnson eliminated the furry friend on March 24, 2001, during a spring training game against the Giants in Tucson.