Manu Ginobili Catches Bat During Spurs-Kings Game

9:20 PM, Nov 1, 2009   |    comments
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SAN ANTONIO, TX - Manu Ginobili of the San Antonio Spurs can be called many things -- and now, you can call him Batman. That's after the All-Star guard showed off his quick hands by capturing a bat during the Spurs matchup with the Kings on Halloween night Saturday.

The showdown happened late in the first period when a bat fluttered down from the AT&T Center rafters and began circling his way around the court.

Play was stopped and both teams scattered. As the critter continued to dive bomb the floor, the bat got a little too close to Ginobili, who literally swiped the winged creature out of the air and carried it off the court to thunderous applause.

"That was amazing," teammate Tony Parker said. "The legend continues with Manu. Unbelievable. ... He's always doing crazy stuff."

As the theme song to "Batman" played, a few Sacramento players applauded, too. A trainer emerged to squirt sanitizer on Ginobili's hand. "When you can't dunk anymore, you have to find a way to make it into the news," Ginobili said. "So that's what I did. I grabbed a bat. I didn't think it was a big deal."

"The drummer that he marches to sometimes is a little bit different," Spurs coach

Gregg Popovich said. "He never ceases to amaze me and he just did it again. The legend grows. It's incredible on Halloween night. You would call someone a liar if they told you that story."

News10/KXTV and The Associated Press

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