Miguel Chalas vs. The Lynchburg Skunk
Buried beneath yesterday’s ever-popular thrift-shop fashion show post was another brief tale from the recent road trip to Lynchburg — that of a 21-year-old Keys reliever and his encounter with a skunk in right field on Saturday, July 6.
Thanks to WSET-TV, better known as ABC 13 to folks in the Lynchburg area, we have video of Miguel Chalas vs. The Lynchburg skunk. Sadly, I cannot embed the video below, but I will break it down using vines (short-looping videos, if you didn’t know) from the story that aired on WSET’s nightly news. You can watch the video by clicking here and then clicking on “Hillcats Have Unwanted Guests On The Field” beneath the video player.
The transcript of the story is here and has some incredible quotes, including this gem from Lynchburg right fielder David Rohm on Chalas fearlessly gloving the skunk:
“He said he thought it was a cat,” said Rohm.
Now, for the abridged story of Miguel Chalas vs. The Lynchburg Skunk. Let’s meet our contenders:
A 21-year-old right-handed pitcher from the Dominican Republic, Chalas stands at 6 feet tall and 170 pounds. The Orioles signed him as a 17-year-old and he was promoted to Frederick on June 3 from Class-A Delmarva. He is currently 1-1 with a 4.66 ERA in nine appearances and leads the league in skunk traps.
Also known as a polecat, the skunk is a mammal known for its ability to spray a liquid with a strong odor. Skunk species vary in size from about 15.6 to 37 inches and in weight from about 1.1 pounds to pounds.
Now, the footage:
That ordeal delayed Saturday’s game for four minutes. The skunk continues to make appearances in the outfield. The next opportunity of a possible Chalas-Skunk rematch would be Aug. 24-27.
The skunk glove has been spotted!!
Location: Behind the Keys clubhouse at Harry Grove Stadium.
Condition: Unknown (still contaminated)
*Listen to Trent Howard’s account of the skunk incident. It starts at the 6:10 mark.