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There may never be timing that is as perfect as this again.

On this day 16 years ago, Randy Johnson did what was probably thought of as unimaginable before: he hit a bird in mid-flight with a pitch intended towards home plate. The bird in question exploded into a cloud of feathers after being struck by the 100-mile per hour pitch, leaving us with one of the weirdest, yet most lasting images in MLB history.

The odds of this occurring are almost impossible to explain. Sure, similar things have happened with still birds being hit with foul balls, but a spontaneous bird in mid-flight connecting with a pitch in mid-air while surrounded by thousands of people? Yeah, that’s not something you are going to see everytday.

Bo was born in Atlanta, GA, and has always been a savvy sports follower. He attended Georgia Tech and has previously worked with ESPN TrueHoop, HawksHoop, and the Georgia Tech Newsroom. He covers national college football for FanBuzz.
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