Major Leaguers: They really are just like us. Just look at Indians starter Trevor Bauer. He's got the same problems as any average, non-curveball dropping citizen -- he sleeps through his alarm, he pushes the "pull" door and, of course ... he can't stop getting his personal drone stuck in a tree.
Sooooo...suggestions on getting your drone out of a tree? It's stuck in the branches about 60 feet up at the top of a large tree- Trevor Bauer (@BauerOutage) July 18, 2016
Yes, Trevor Bauer 1) designed and built his very own drone and 2) managed to get said drone stuck in a tree. All of which begs the question: Just how does one get one's drone both in and out of a tree? Let's go down this rabbit hole together.
According to MLB.com's Jordan Bastian, Bauer was flying the drone -- which he designed on his computer and built using a mix of parts he printed from a 3D printer and some he custom-ordered -- in Kansas City's Jacob Loose Park (Cleveland was in town to take on the Royals). It nicked a branch and got stuck about 60 feet up, and despite firing the motors, the thing wouldn't come down. Then things got weird.
Attempt one failed. In search of a water balloon launcher now.- Trevor Bauer (@BauerOutage) July 18, 2016
Operation: Water Balloons apparently unsuccessful, Bauer attempted to crowdsource his problem:
Appreciate all the suggestions. The tree is in a public park though so fire and chainsaws aren't going to cut it. Pun intended- Trevor Bauer (@BauerOutage) July 18, 2016
Alas, not even the experts had a solution -- although, in their defense, "tree service" doesn't typically cover "drones":
Have called about 10 tree services. No one will answer. Still have not been able to retrieve my poor little friend- Trevor Bauer (@BauerOutage) July 18, 2016
At his wit's end, Bauer reached the third stage of grief: bargaining and/or bribery.
Per a follower's suggestion, I will give free tickets to Tuesday's or Wednesday's game against the royals if you can recover my drone- Trevor Bauer (@BauerOutage) July 18, 2016
Not even the promise of free baseball could provide an answer. Just when things looked bleak, though, a hero emerged -- or, more accurately, heroes. We'll let Bauer take it from there:
Yes, our story has a happy ending -- the day was saved, and the drone returned to its rightful place.
Late night rescue mission was a success!! Welcome back little guy! Visiting clubhouse staff is ������������ pic.twitter.com/0cx0616w07- Trevor Bauer (@BauerOutage) July 19, 2016
Live in or around Kansas City? Cat caught in a tree? Don't worry, Trevor Bauer is the man for the job -- assuming you're comfortable with water balloons being flung toward your cat.