Rally Cat, best story of the week

Rally Cat was my favorite story this week. Note the score as the video begins. The St. Louis Cardinals trail the Kansas City Royals by one run. And then a stray feline wandered on to the field.

The game continued after the wayward kitty was corraled. And Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina promptly blasted a game-winning grand slam. Instantly, Rally Cat entered the annals of Cardinal baseball lore.

RC was released (hastily dropped?) under the stadium so that grounds crew employee Lucas Hackmann could seek first aid for a badly bitten, bleeding finger and scratched hand. And after being claimed briefly by a woman who caught him, RC disappeared.

The Cardinals launched a search for Rally Cat and a few days later he was found in a downtown St. Louis park by members of the St. Louis Feral Cat Outreach. Safe at last, he awaits adoption.

Meanwhile, the grateful Cardinals have announced Rally Cat Appreciation Day on Sunday, Sept. 10. Fans who buy a “Theme Ticket” will get a Rally Cat shirt, and some of the ticket sales will go to Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation and local animal shelters, per the Cardinals. La Russa is the Cardinals manager.

Intrepid groundskeeper Lucas Hackmann with very unhappy cat

Intrepid groundskeeper Lucas Hackmann with very unhappy cat

Rally Cat, safe at the St. Louis Feral Cat Outreach and awaiting adoption. (Photo: St. Louis Feral Cat Outreach/Facebook)

Rally Cat, safe at the St. Louis Feral Cat Outreach and awaiting adoption. (Photo: St. Louis Feral Cat Outreach/Facebook)



Categories: cats, Sports, video content

12 replies

  1. Thanks for that PT. I tuned in right after while they were talking about it (and the grand slam), but missed the actual action. Little guy put up quite a fight, didn’t he (or she)?

  2. Ah, man!! I hope got hazardous duty pay for that! (and a tetanus booster!!)

    • One report said First Aid sent him on to the hospital for evaluation, antibiotics, etc. He was there for two hours. And being feral, Rally Cat will probably be held for observation for rabies, just in case.

  3. The Cardinals should keep him as their mascot now, get rid of the birds on their uniforms and shove Rally Cat there in place. 🐱

    Haven’t seen a walk off Grand Slam in yonks, and missed this one thanks to Fox and Australian Telstra, the only cable/satellite available here.

    During Baseball season, except for the World Series we’re lucky to get one game a day, which usually features the Red Sox or Yankees

    As you may recall I’m an avid Baseball fan.

    Thanks or the post, you’ve made my day, and seeing as I’ve just arisen from my nights R&R, it will be a long and good one 😀 🐱 🐻

  4. Pity the clip doesn’t show me the Grand Slam.

    They need to train the cat catchers obviously.

    Had he have grabbed the cat by the scruff of the neck; just like cats are used to being carried by their mothers; then the RC would have just dangled there quite happily 🐱 meow

    • Here’s a video of the cat removal that includes the grand slam that followed.

      As a lifelong cat owner, I can attest that scruffed or not, if a cat wants you, he’ll get you. Only sure thing is “burrito wrap” with a towel or wear some good heavy gloves. Maybe Aussie cats are more docile. Also, this little guy was feral. For all he knew he was fighting for his life.

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