FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — By now, you’ve probably seen several pictures and videos of a man inside Baum-Walker grabbing a raccoon by the neck. His name is Grant Harmon and he is from Fayetteville.
“I believe it was the middle of the seventh inning if I’m not mistaken,” Harmon said.
He heard a lot of commotion going on in the lower levels of the stadium but he wasn’t sure what was going on.
“The next thing that I knew, it was at my feet and the rest just kind of wrote itself from there,” Harmon said.
He recalls sitting face-to-face with the raccoon.
“My redneck instinct just kind of kicked in,” he said.
He picked up the raccoon and those in section 117 screamed as he did it.
Harmon later pulled out his phone to catch the ordeal on camera.
“I knew my buddies wouldn’t believe me if I told them I picked up a raccoon at a baseball game.”
An officer then went to Harmon as he escorted the raccoon outside the stadium.
“That’s when it actually bit me,” Harmon said. “That’s what he had enough leverage to reach around and get me on the hand.”
Harmon later went to the ER to get a rabies shot.
“The bite itself did not hurt,” Harmon said. “What really hurt was, it was the rabies shot that I had to go get after.”
Over the next two weeks, he will have to take more rabies shots.
Harmon says since catching the raccoon he’s been doing interviews for national outlets like the SEC Network and Inside Edition.