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VIDEO: Dinosaur throws out first pitch in San Diego

May 7, 2014, 9:15 PM EDT

A frightening scene from Wednesday’s game between the Royals and Padres …

The pitch didn’t have much velocity and landed 10 feet from the plate, but a baby tyrannosaurus rex has no care for human constructs like the strike zone. Imagine trying to beat out an infield single against that thing.

“Baby T” is part of an ongoing stage prodction in San Diego called “Walking with Dinosaurs.”

  1. josemartez - May 7, 2014 at 9:28 PM

    That is one enthusiastic announcer.

  2. fleaman1381 - May 7, 2014 at 9:34 PM

    At least it did better than Carly Rae Jepsen…

  3. drewzducks - May 7, 2014 at 9:37 PM

    What was Jamie Moyer doing in America’sFinest City?

    • aceshigh11 - May 7, 2014 at 9:44 PM

      Too soon!

      • drewzducks - May 7, 2014 at 9:59 PM

        I apologize to all Darren Bragg fans.

  4. Stiller43 - May 7, 2014 at 9:47 PM

    Dafuq did i just watch?

  5. Old Gator - May 7, 2014 at 9:58 PM

    They should have let it eat the mascot. Little therapsids need protein. I also like the way they festooned the neck, head and upper back with feather stubble – someone really did their homework. And as far as calling it a “raptor,” send that clown of an announcer back to paleontology 101.

    Great costume. We’ve come a long way from 1954’s two hundred pound unventilated foam rubber and plastic on bamboo frame Godzilla suit, which hit a hundred degrees F or more inside because of the studio lights and had to be opened up about once an hour to drain the sweat from its feet, and to let Haruo Nakajima have a few swigs of water and a salt pill.

    Maybe someday, when Scrooge McLoria has sold the Feesh to Mark Cuban, they’ll let me wear the Tommy suit….

    • nbjays - May 8, 2014 at 7:52 AM

      Hey Gator, ya gotta chase your dreams.

      • Old Gator - May 8, 2014 at 9:32 AM

        Yeah. Hope I do better than the last one. I caught up to her at a local singles bar and asked her if she believed in entropy on a first date and she slapped me. For all the garbage we expound about how we need intelligence and ambient sensibility in our women, the sorry truth is that buried deep in our unconscious the archetype of the mindless blonde bimbo who, in blues parlance, “knows what to do,” continues to dominate the on switch to our pheromone receptors.

      • nbjays - May 8, 2014 at 9:38 AM

        That’s because our lizard brains haven’t evolved as far past this poor dino’s as we’d all like to believe.

      • Old Gator - May 8, 2014 at 9:53 AM

        Frankly, I would rather be served a bowl of mealworms than a bowl of poutine.

  6. kiwicricket - May 7, 2014 at 10:01 PM

    Still less of a lettuce arm than Jonny Damon

  7. thetoolsofignorance - May 7, 2014 at 10:05 PM

    That thing looked like my dad

    • Old Gator - May 8, 2014 at 9:51 AM

      You mean the Padres mascot, I hope….

  8. renaado - May 7, 2014 at 10:09 PM

    Definitely much better than Tiffany.

  9. tomtravis76 - May 7, 2014 at 10:30 PM

    Mike Dee is doing a fine job at the helm.

  10. gmagic9044 - May 7, 2014 at 11:04 PM

    It may not have had much velocity, but it had a ton of velociraptor-y…


    I’ll show myself out…

    • furryroadkill - May 7, 2014 at 11:54 PM

      That one hurt, man.

  11. chaseutley - May 7, 2014 at 11:54 PM

    My advice would be to take…. and to be very still while doing it. The visual acuity of the T-Rex is based on movement and it clearly can’t throw strikes.

    • Old Gator - May 8, 2014 at 9:34 AM

      In which case, clearly, the answer is for it to stop eating the pitching coaches long enough to learn how to get some movement on its pitches.

  12. sd619tripleog - May 8, 2014 at 1:31 AM

    Where’s Jeff Goldblum?

  13. mikhelb - May 8, 2014 at 2:33 AM

    And it still has a stronger and more accurate throw than Mike Trout and Raúl Ibáñez.

  14. arckln - May 8, 2014 at 6:33 AM


    • Old Gator - May 8, 2014 at 9:35 AM

      Great name for a heavy metal band.

  15. cm78019 - May 8, 2014 at 7:50 AM

    Old enough to make the Phillies roster

    • nbjays - May 8, 2014 at 7:54 AM

      But too young for Brian Cashman to sign.

  16. watermelon1 - May 8, 2014 at 8:56 AM

    Nothing like a “paleontology” geek coming in here and correcting the announcer on dinosaur facts to reassure the rest of us that they are, in fact, that big of nerds.

    • Old Gator - May 8, 2014 at 9:49 AM

      Achcherley, I was so embittered by the retirement of “Brontosaurus” and its replacement by “Camarasaurus” and “Apatosaurus” by a bunch of power mad, aesthetically challenged Linnaeans, I had resolved that I would lay down my clipboard and wirebrush down by the riverside and I ain’t gonna study ‘saurs no more. When I was a kid – I mean, when dinosaurs were still stop motion animated or giant rubber suits worn by ex martial arts masters and film scripts had some sort of redeeming social importance, even if that meant they were so awful they were works of genius by default – excessive knowledge of paleontology was exempt from designated us as geeks. It was the only specialization so distinguished. And they sure didn’t have no steenkin’ feathers. And they weren’t parthenogenic – they knew who they were then. Goils were goils and men were men.

      This stuff is only on my mind because the new Godzilla opens in twelve days. I sustain the tatters of hope based solely on the belief – on faith, ackcherely – that it couldn’t possibly be as bad as the last one.

      • tellyspop - May 8, 2014 at 10:45 AM

        “The years roll on by
        I destroy, you build again
        In ceaseless wonder”

  17. chargrz - May 8, 2014 at 12:21 PM

    Maybe it can hit? The Padres could use him.

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