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Snake freaks out D-backs’ Triple-A players in the middle of a game

Reno Aces infielder prospect Jack Reinheimer wasn’t having it.

When his Triple-A team was in Sacramento taking on the Rivers Cats on Monday, Reinheimer happened upon a small snake near second base. And while his immediate reaction was to flag down an umpire to ask for it to be removed, it wasn’t all about making sure the little reptile was safe, Reinheimer told MiLB.com’s Gerard Gilberto.

“I asked the umpire, ‘Do we just keep playing?’ I don’t know if we’re supposed to try and pick it up and get it off the field, but I’m not laying out for a ball if it’s right there,” Reinheimer said.

“I’m terrible with that. Brutal with that kind of stuff. I was probably a couple feet from it. It wasn’t very big — it was only a couple feet long — but it just freaked me out.”

The game came to a halt, and before a River Cats grounds crew employee removed the snake with his bare hands after doing so with a shovel didn’t work out, the slithering creature caused shortstop Ketel Marte to jump out of the way.

“I was glad I didn’t have to like go and grab it or something,” Reinheimer said.

It was only a harmless garden snake.

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