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Tuesday, August 5, 2014 Coliseum Celebrates Trespassing Rodent As "#RallyPossum"

Posted By on Tue, Aug 5, 2014 at 3:40 PM

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Major League Baseball's best team plays in a certified shithole. Set in a post-industrial wasteland, designed and remodeled for a football team (on whose behalf the government went into debt), famous for sewage leaks — Coliseum is tough to love. 

And now there are rodents infiltrating the field of play. But since this is a first place club, a trespassing possum is not an embarrassment, but an Athletics victory totem. 

During last night's four-hour-plus, extra innings win over Tampa Bay, fans of the first-place A's saw an opossum wander into the outfield as Rays outfield Ben Zobrist was trying to make a play. Instead of chalked up as another reason to replace the Coliseum, with, say, a ballpark in San Jose, the valiant rodent is being celebrated.

It's the #RallyPossum, y'all.

To fans in the left-field bleachers, the intrepid critter looked an awful lot like a rat. It flirted with entering the field of play, but somehow knew not to cross the foul line. It scurried around foul territory in left field before running back towards the seats, where it disappeared.

The possum is a hit on social media and with big-time broadcasters on Tuesday, mostly because the A's won on a walkoff single from Derek Norris.According to A's pitcher Jeff Samardijza, the possum has appeared before, during warmups.

This is what winning feels like — if the A's manage to beat, say, the Detroit Tigers in the playoffs and there's a sewage leak, prepare for #RallyPoop. 

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