Well, you can file this bit of news into the “bizarre” and “odd” file in the file cabinet.
In a story that took social media by storm, St.Louis won Wednesday’s game after a stray kitten appeared on the field. On the very next pitch, Yadier Molina hit a grand slam to cap the Cards comeback victory and thus the ‘rally kitten’ was born.
But today the Cardinals put out a statement on Twitter today saying that the ‘rally kitten’ was lost.
As everyone observed during last night’s game, Lucas Hackmann, a member of our grounds crew, secured a stray cat in the outfield and exited the playing surface at the left field gate and walked up toward the main concourse at Gate 3. He then let the cat down outside Gate 3 near the Stan Musial statue and went immediately to first aid to attend to his scratch and bite injuries.
At that point, as our ushers tried to contain the cat, a fan grabbed it and claimed it was hers. As she left the ballpark, our security team caught up with her and asked her some questions. She then abruptly left with the cat. We understand from media accounts that the woman intended to take it home and care for it, but lost track of it in City Gardens.
We are hopeful someone will find the cat and contact us so we can properly care for it. Our grounds crew is working on developing a stray animal protocol to ensure the safety of both crew and animal should this happen again. In the meantime, the Cardinals are looking to scratch the claw their way back to the top of the division standings
So i just wrote a story about a kitten on a baseball field and shared an official team statement regarding said kitty.
And you just read one.