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Thanks to the relatively close proximity between Saint Louis and Chicago and a shared division, Cardinals fans generally view the Chicago Cubs as a constant pain in the ass. Now, the fury four-legged mammals are also proving to be a pain in the back too. Literally.
In early October, a bear bit St. Louis minor leaguer Dalton Roach in the back during a hunting trip, resulting in a minor injury.
Baseball Players Suffer The Weirdest Injuries Part 453: Cardinals Prospect Dalton Roach Gets Bit By A Bear After It Climbed Into His Tree Stand While Hunting https://t.co/lHI6QVoc6g pic.twitter.com/bF1WXvOHVD
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) October 29, 2021
Roach was hunting deer in Wisconsin when a black bear decided to introduce himself to the 25-year-old hurler.
“He was just kind of moseying around. He didn’t look like he was on any kind of a mission or anything,” Roach told the Leader-Telegram. “But when he got to about 20 yards away, he took a left turn and came directly under my tree.”
Unfortunately for Roach, the bear must’ve missed breakfast and decided to help himself to Roach’s back. Rather than continue to let the bear treat his back like a buffet, Roach opted to make a move.
“Right when I thought this might be it, I decided I wasn’t going to just go out and it was better to at least try to do something to get out of this situation,” said Roach, per the Leader-Telegram.
Roach’s in-game strategy worked, and the bear was left without a full meal.
“Luckily, he kind of leaned back, seemed to say, ‘What the heck,’ and eventually got out of the tree,” Roach added.
The end result were a couple of teeth marks, a cool story and a reinvigorated Cards-Cubs rivalry.
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