Elliot Johnson was Rays "bat-boy" last night
Add bats to the atmosphere at Tropicana Field.
When a bat - the flying animal kind - landed on the Trop turf last night, Rays INF Elliot Johnson came to its rescue.
"When the need arises, I'm there to meet that need,'' he said.
Johnson had experience, having scooped up bats several times in the minor leagues. Wednesday, he said he used a couple of cups to scoop up the small bat - which he named Fuzzy - and brought it into the dugout and then the clubhouse.
"We were on defense and they were all looking at it and the umpires were like, "Hey, call somebody to come pick this thing up." And I'm like I'll go get it, I've done this before,'' Johnson said. "I usually use a glove but I used two cups. It was still alive, he was flapping around.''
Since the bat was wounded - and bleeding - Rays clubhouse manager Chris Westmoreland took it home after the game and then dropped it off at a vet's office this morning.
"We're waiting for an update,'' Westmoreland said. "It'll be on the trainers' report.''