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Paul Janish fields. He bats. He fields bats.

Aug 15, 2013, 9:14 AM EDT

A live bat — barely live from the looks of it — landed on the infield grass at Turner Field last night. ┬áBraves infielder Paul Janish fielded it cleanly, then bobbled it, then made a clean exchange to the batboy for the out.

The BATboy. Get it? Ha!

Er, yeah.

  1. dondada10 - Aug 15, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    Was it ruled an infield fly?

  2. crispybasil - Aug 15, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    That was actually A-Rod is his animal form.

    • Glenn - Aug 15, 2013 at 10:47 AM

      I thought his animal form was the south end of a northbound horse.

  3. sportsdrenched - Aug 15, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    No use in mentioning these bats, poor bastard will find out soon enough.

  4. mississippimusicman - Aug 15, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    That was not just one bat, and there wasn’t anything exactly “wrong” with “it” – it was a pair of bats, getting their freak on. If you freeze-frame on the first close-up, it’s clear what’s happening. Also, just as Janish is trying to hand them to the batboy, one of them flew away.

    • paperlions - Aug 15, 2013 at 9:38 AM

      Good catch on the two bats….most North American bats breed in the late summer and fall with delayed fertilization or implantation so the embryo doesn’t start to grow until insects are abundant next spring.

      • yahmule - Aug 15, 2013 at 9:45 AM

        I used to love to go out at dusk and watch them catch mosquitoes when I lived in Las Vegas. I haven’t spotted any in northern Colorado yet, but I know they’re plentiful.

      • paperlions - Aug 15, 2013 at 9:51 AM

        They don’t actually eat many mosquitoes, contrary to the common perception. Mosquitoes generally stay on and close to cover and only fly when they detect a possible feeding source via heat or CO2 production. Mostly, they eat moths, beetles, and such…..which are higher in calories and protein and also do a lot of flying to congregate at breeding grounds or to food sources.

      • kevinbnyc - Aug 15, 2013 at 1:20 PM

        You know an awful lot about bats.

      • paperlions - Aug 15, 2013 at 2:12 PM

        It’s probably due to spending a couple of decades studying them…though, not much of that time studying those in North America.

      • Reflex - Aug 15, 2013 at 2:08 PM

        Probably should not have been handling them though, bats are a prime source of rabies and their teeth are small enough that people often do not now they’ve been bitten…

      • paperlions - Aug 15, 2013 at 2:14 PM

        Eh, incidence of rabies in bats is a heck of a lot less than in raccoons, opossums, coyotes, or various other carnivores….but, yeah, if you aren’t vaccinated…it isn’t a great idea to handle them without gloves. From one study, we sent over 1200 bat brains to a lab to test for rabies, including over 100 vampire bats, none came back positive.

      • Reflex - Aug 15, 2013 at 2:16 PM

        Interesting, I read not too long ago that bats had become the most common source of rabies in humans and that raccoons were not much of a source anymore…maybe its regional?

        BTW, I am starting to get very curious about your day job.

      • paperlions - Aug 15, 2013 at 2:29 PM

        I know dozens and dozens of people that work with bats, most from the US have rabies vaccinations because their place of employment requires it, almost none of the in country (Paraguay, Peru, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Brazil) researchers, students, or volunteers are vaccinated…even if the project will give them money to cover it, they just keep the money. I have never heard of a single bat researcher developing rabies, and almost everyone gets bitten at some point….and all it takes to blood contact….those same people skin, dissect, necropsy, etc. 100s to 1000s of bats…still no rabies.

        I know what public health officials say…it just isn’t consistent with any of my experience…at all.

      • Reflex - Aug 15, 2013 at 3:41 PM

        I guess it would depend on how public health officials arrive at their conclusions I guess. As you well know, anecdotes are not data, nor are the plural of anecdotes, so I have no idea.

        I just know to be cautious around bats since I am not vaccinated and the treatment for it is very expensive.

      • paperlions - Aug 15, 2013 at 3:45 PM

        Yep, always a good idea to avoid dead things….an animal doesn’t have to be alive for you to contract rabies from it, they have isolated active rabies virus from frozen tissues, even freezing doesn’t kill the stuff.

        Studies in the mid-west when I was a grad-student showed that over 50% of raccoons were positive and nearly 100% of skunks….it may vary geographically and temporally….the factual problem with health agencies is that they are not interested in accuracy, they are interested in 1) protecting their own asses, and 2) protecting public health….both of which means they err way on the side of saying things are more dangerous than they usually are.

    • Glenn - Aug 15, 2013 at 10:54 AM

      You can even hear the astute bat boy tell the guys in the dugout that it is mating season.

      • bfunk1978 - Aug 15, 2013 at 11:45 AM

        That’s what I thought I heard too

  5. El Bravo - Aug 15, 2013 at 9:29 AM


  6. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Aug 15, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    • foreverchipper10 - Aug 15, 2013 at 4:54 PM

      You need to watch the censored version of the count. You won’t be disappointed.

  7. sdelmonte - Aug 15, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    If only Paul Janish were at Wayne Manor on that fateful night…the Joker would have an easier time of it.

    • dondada10 - Aug 15, 2013 at 10:03 AM

      Typical hardballtalk. People are just trying to enjoy themselves and here comes the poster with the anti-Batman agenda.

      • yahmule - Aug 15, 2013 at 10:28 AM

        They should bane him.

      • dondada10 - Aug 15, 2013 at 10:31 AM

        You don’t think that would be Two-Face’d?

      • raysfan1 - Aug 15, 2013 at 10:42 AM

        What a bunch of Jokers.

      • heyblueyoustink - Aug 15, 2013 at 11:07 AM

        Caesar Romero thinks this is a clown thread, bro.

    • Gamera the Brave - Aug 15, 2013 at 10:28 AM

      Clearly, this was just another attempt by Craig to advance his pro-Batman agenda. Look at the picture he used – the “Bat Boy” is clearly taller than the player he is getting the bat from – making him a “Bat MAN”.

      Craig is deep, and subtle…

  8. yahmule - Aug 15, 2013 at 10:30 AM

  9. Francisco (FC) - Aug 15, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    Paul Janish fields. He bats. He fields bats

    Alfred Pennyworth: Why bats, Master Janish?

    Paul Janish: Bats frighten me. It’s time my enemies shared my dread.

  10. tdravens - Aug 15, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    man, lots of creatures falling from the sky these days at turner field. what’s up with that?

    • heyblueyoustink - Aug 15, 2013 at 11:13 AM


  11. raysfan1 - Aug 15, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    A bat? Could’ve been worse…

  12. stlouis1baseball - Aug 15, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    Did the bat fly out of the towel and then back into the towel?
    It sure looked like it. Or am I seeing things?

    • mississippimusicman - Aug 15, 2013 at 11:57 AM

      There were two bats. They were mating. Look very closely at the video again.

      • stlouis1baseball - Aug 15, 2013 at 12:06 PM

        Ahhh…good eyes music man. Not that it matters…but those things have always creeped me out. Lived in the country most of my life and they still bother the hell out of me. Only coming out at night…always appearing to fly erratically. They do a great job with the insects though (mosquitoes, moths, etc…)

      • Francisco (FC) - Aug 15, 2013 at 2:07 PM

        They were mating. Look very closely at the video again.

        Er… no thanks. I’ll take your word for it.

      • nbjays - Aug 16, 2013 at 7:14 AM

        As the old airline ad said… “Fly United”

  13. mississippimusicman - Aug 15, 2013 at 11:56 AM

    Janish’s has the best bat control on the team.

  14. mississippimusicman - Aug 15, 2013 at 11:56 AM

    Janish has the best bat control on the team.

  15. leftywildcat - Aug 15, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    That bat had balls.

  16. yahmule - Aug 15, 2013 at 3:46 PM

    Another cool thing about bats is they do a lot of stuff in super slow motion because they know it looks badass, or batass, if you will.

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