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And now, monkeys riding dogs herding goats at a baseball game (video)

Apr 11, 2011, 1:13 PM EDT

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There’s nothing as quintessentially American as the dog-riding monkeys of the old west who herded goats to feed a young nation. And add baseball to the mix you have, well, I’m not sure what, exactly, but it seems to be popular. Here in the video below is Team Ghost Riders, who have traveled throughout the land to perform at many of our finest Minor League Baseball venues. Witness:

  • Monkeys apparently strapped to the backs of border collies. Is it humane? No one’s asking.
  • Goats being herded around the outfield, into a pen, and, amazingly, onto the roof of a pickup truck.
  • Players trying to warm up in the outfield while dodging goats.

But the most entertaining part to me is at the end of the performance, when professional rodeo cowboy Tim “Wild Thang” Lepard presents a rather long monologue about the state of things in his home state of Mississippi (which somehow seems to include New Orleans).

“In 1962 a little boy was born, and his dream and his goal was to own a monkey.”

So remember, if your local Minor League Baseball team is advertising a Cowboy Monkey Rodeo Night, run — don’t walk — to purchase tickets.

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