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Falling fish delays Japanese baseball game

The weather in Hyogo, Japan, was mostly sunny with a chance of fish.

A half-digested fish that rained on the outfield of Koshien stadium in western Japan caused a baseball game to be delayed for a few minutes on Sunday.

According to a spokeswoman for the Hanshin Tigers baseball team, the condition of the fish made it clear that it couldn’t have been thrown in from the stands and likely was dropped by a bird that flew over the outfield.

The half-processed fish landed near Tokyo Yakult Swallows slugger Wladimir Balentien, who was playing left field. “The smell was unbearable,” Balentien said of the fish, according to a spokesman for the Tokyo Yakult Swallows.

The incident occurred during the bottom of the sixth inning during a game between the Tigers and the Swallows. Broadcast footage from the game showed Balentien calling for a timeout and walking away from his position as an umpire approached. A ball boy carrying a broom and a dustpan was called in to remove the fish from the field.

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