Hatcher, the Padres' bullpen catcher, got all he could handle from a pesky squirrel that somehow got into the bullpen area beyond the wall in right-center field early in Saturday's eventual 9-7 victory over the Rockies.
Hatcher figured the smart thing to do would be to scoop it up and move it to a safer area, like out beyond the fence in center field where Evergreen trees grow.
Only it didn't work out that way.
"He scared Mike [relief pitcher Mike Adams] and then he ran up [bullpen coach Darrel Akerfelds'] leg," Hatcher said. "So I thought that it would be fun to catch him.
"I picked him up and I really thought he was going to be nice. Then, all of a sudden ... he bit me. It even broke skin."
Said Adams, who Hatcher said provided no help through the ordeal: "The squirrel was just sort of hanging there from his thumb."
Hatcher eventually removed the squirrel with the assistance of a towel.
Not entirely knowing what to do next, Hatch worked his way to the visiting clubhouse at Coors Field through the tunnels below the grandstand. Akerfelds phoned ahead -- calling the training room to tell them Hatcher was on his way -- with a squirrel bite, of all things.
"At first, they thought I was joking," Hatcher said. "I went in and [Padres trainer Todd Hutcheson] cleaned it up. I guess there's a chance of rabies, so I have to watch it for the next 10 hours. I think it will be fine."
Hatcher eventually returned to the bullpen, where everyone resumed their normal routine. Adams went on to pitch a scoreless eighth inning, picking up his second victory as Brad Hawpe hit a two-run home run in the ninth inning.
Had it been Adams who was the one to initially come in contact with the squirrel -- well, who knows?
"I guess it was better me than the others," Hatcher said.