The Philadelphia Phillies have been almost unbeatable this year, winning 102 games and boasting a pitching rotation that ranks statistically as one of the all-time greatest.
So who could stop them from cruising to a World Series title?
The St. Louis Cardinals? Or a St. Louis squirrel?
A squirrel dashed across home plate Wednesday night in the fifth inning of the Phils-Cards game at Busch stadium - just as Philadelphia's Roy Oswalt delivered a pitch. The ump (Angel Hernandez) called it a ball, and Oswalt was irked that the pitch counted.
"I didn't want to stop in the middle of my motion, so I threw it," the pitcher said after the game. "I was wondering what size of animal it needed to be for it not to be a pitch."
Oswalt, who had dominated the Cardinals in previous playoff games (5-0 in 10 postseason starts), got hit hard by St. Louis - most notably surrendering a 2-run homer an inning after the squirrel interruption.
Phillies manager Charlie Manuel was asked about the rodent after the game (see video below) and he hinted that if he had a gun, he may have used it.
As for the squirrel, he fired back - via Twitter, of course. (An account attributed to the rodent has been active since Tuesday night, when one of the animals was first spotted at the stadium).
Busch Squirrel's retort: "Charlie Manuel is too old to shoot me or have a gun."
The Phillies can only hope that Busch Squirrel doesn't travel to Philadelphia for Game 5.