In one of the more bizarre stories you’ll hear about, a Philadelphia Phillies fan attempted to bring in his pet ALLIGATOR to Citizens Bank Park this week.
The bizarre situation was initially reported by The Philly Captain and sports radio host Howard Eskin, who detailed the fan’s audacious attempt to bring a leashed alligator into the stadium under the pretense of it being a service animal.
While some fans have pushed the boundaries with unconventional service animals, this particular reptilian request crossed a line for ballpark authorities.
Are you kidding me. A #Phillies fan tried to come into game tonight with what they said was a “service animal.” An Alligator! Yes an Alligator. Thing’s I’ve never seen. This is it. @SportsRadioWIP pic.twitter.com/H7A0FM0IYC
— Howard Eskin (@howardeskin) September 27, 2023
Unsurprisingly, the alligator was promptly denied access to the stadium, leaving it unable to witness the thrilling matchup between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Pittsburgh Pirates. Little did the alligator know, it was missing out on a historic game.
The Phillies, fresh off clinching a playoff spot, found themselves trailing 5-0 against the Pirates. However, the team rallied back in spectacular fashion, securing a remarkable 7-6 victory.
Even with several key starters, including Trea Turner, Nick Castellanos, J.T. Realmuto, and Alec Bohm, receiving a night off, Bryce Harper remained in the lineup and delivered a stunning performance.
Harper went 3-for-4 with two doubles, a stolen base, and a home run in the seventh inning.
Getting back to that pet alligator though…
Emotional support alligator denied access to the Phillies game pic.twitter.com/Q7DC1qBcDm
— The Philly Captain (@philly_captain) September 27, 2023
Let’s just hope denying Wally entry into the stadium doesn’t curse the Phillies the way the Billy Goat did to the Chicago Cubs back in 1945!