ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The viral story of the Rally Cat that invaded Busch Stadium continues. The St. Louis Cardinals released a statement on the situation and are hoping the cat is returned to them so they can care for it.
Here is the full statement by the Cardinals:
As everyone observed during last night’s game, Lucas Hackmann, a member of our grounds crew, secured the stray cat in the outfield and exited the playing surface at the left field gate and walked up towards the main concourse at Gate 3. He then let the cat down outside of 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 Garden. 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 and claw their way back to the top of the division standings.
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A small gray and black cat ran onto the field during Wednesday night’s St. Louis Cardinals game. After a field crew member ran to catch the cat and carry it off the field, on the very next pitch Yadier Molina hit a grand slam. St. Louis fans were quick to name it the Rally Cat, after the Rally Squirrel in the 2011 World Series.
Lucas Hackmann was the field crew member to carry the cat off the field. He was on KMOX Thursday morning and says the cat was biting and clawing at him, and it “destroyed” his index finger. Hackmann says he set the cat down near the Stan Musial statue with some Busch Stadium ushers and left to get his treatment on his hand.
Hackmann came into the KMOX studio to talk to Mark Reardon about his sprint to grab the cat:
Korie Harris told the Post-Dispatch she picked up the cat and told the ushers that the cat was her’s.
She took some photos with fans and the cat as she walked away from Busch Stadium with it.
“I thought, ‘I’m taking this cat home. It’s just scared,’” she told the Post-Dispatch.
Searching for the Rally Cat
One woman, a flight attendant named Becky, was intently searching for the Rally Cat Thursday afternoon in City Garden.
When KMOX caught up with her, she had been looking for about an hour – and came prepared with a cat carrier – but had had no luck in her search, so far.
“It’s a cat; they’re going to hide where they’re want to hide,” she said, referencing the extensive amount of plans and bushes at the garden.
Becky said she’s aware of baseball and superstitions – especially when it comes to the Cardinals – and was searching for the cat to make sure it is safe and well-cared for.
A cat-person herself, Becky said she would happily adopt the cat, surrender it to its rightful owner if it has one, or if the occasion arises, give the cat to a member of the Cardinals.
“I know how people are, and I don’t want it to be in the wrong hands is the main thing,” she said. “I want it to be safe, whether it was with me or someone else. I just want the poor little guy found.”
Becky, whose husband works for the Cardinals, said she saw the Rally Cat run the field on TV Wednesday night, and has been stressed out ever since.