This little kitten may be a good luck charm for the St. Louis Cardinals.
In a Wednesday night baseball game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Kansas City Royals the real star was a little kitten that has since become known to Cardinals fans as Rally Cat.
During the home game in St. Louis's Bush Stadium, the Cardinals were trailing the Royals by one run. Then, out of nowhere, the little striped cat sprinted across the field. As the crowd exploded with cheers, Cardinals grounds crew member Lucas Hackmann scooped up the cat and escorted it off the field ... trying and failing to avoid the claws and teeth of the writhing creature.
Fans quickly decided the cat was lucky, because as soon as the game resumed, Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina hit a grand slam, and the Cardinals ended up winning the game 8-5.
— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) August 10, 2017
It's not the first time Cardinals fans have put their faith in a "rally animal." In 2011, Rally Squirrel, an errant squirrel that found its way onto the field, took the team all the way to the World Series.
So what happened to Rally Cat? After he was unceremoniously deposited near the Stan Musial statue outside Gate 3 of the stadium, a fan picked him up, claiming he was hers, and tried to take him home. However, he slipped away from the woman and disappeared in Citygarden, a downtown park. Baseball fans and animal lovers alike were overjoyed when he was caught the following day by St. Louis Feral Cat Outreach.
— STLFCO (@stlfco) August 11, 2017
As board member Savannah Rigley said in an interview with the St. Louis Post Dispatch:
"We are pretty confident that this is Rally Cat. This is cat-nerd stuff, but Rally Cat is a classic tabby, which is very rare, and last night we found a classic tabby kitten right where Rally Cat was last seen."
Rally Cat also has distinctive markings, like the bands on his legs and bullseye on his back, that make him easy to identify.
There have been numerous requests to adopt Rally Cat, including requests from the Cardinals, but as the organization stated on its Facebook page:
"We are getting many inquiries about adopting Rallycat. Any cats or kittens that we catch that are not feral go to no kill rescue groups. We do not do private adoptions. We will update this page when we know which rescue group he is going to."
Wherever Rally Cat ends up after his ten-day quarantine, his time with St. Louis Feral Cat Outreach has brought a lot of much-needed attention to the organization and its mission. Whether he's a Cardinals good luck charm or not, he's definitely one special cat.
"I'm not a cat person but I sure liked that one," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said.
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