'Rally Cat' Goes Viral After Baseball Game
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The Saint Louis Cardinals and Kansas City Royals each have fewer than 50 games to play this season. Both teams hope to win enough games to play for the championship of North American baseball later in the year.
The Cardinals and Royals have a long-standing rivalry. It is sometimes called the “Show-Me Series.” That is because both teams play their home games in the American state of Missouri, known as the “Show-Me State.”
This week, the Cardinals and Royals have been playing against each other in a series of games. But it is not the usual “Show-Me Series” rivalry that people are talking about. Instead, they are talking about a new battle that took place during the game Wednesday night.
The battle was between a member of the Cardinals’ field crew and a cat.
Twenty-year-old Lucas Hackmann is a college student. He works at the Cardinals’ Busch Stadium in St. Louis. On Wednesday night, he and other crew members discovered a small, gray cat running around on the field in the middle of the game.
It was in the sixth inning. The Royals were leading the Cardinals 5 to 4. The Cardinals’ Yadier Molina was at bat, and the bases were loaded. But before Molina could swing at the ball, the cat ran onto the field. It walked up to Royals’ Lorenzo Cain in the outfield. The player looked down and smiled at the small creature.
Lucas Hackmann quickly ran onto the field to remove the animal so that the game could continue. The cat tried to escape, but Hackmann was able to catch it.
However, the cat was not happy.
A cat runs on the field and then Yadi hits a bomb! #rallycat #YadiBomb
— Landon Honegger (@LandonHonegger) August 10, 2017
It began to attack the man, cutting into the skin, and biting his hands and fingers. Hackmann appeared to be in pain, but continued to hold onto the cat. The crowd laughed and cheered.
When an opposing team thinks their lead is safe. #RallyCat
— FOX Sports Midwest (@FSMidwest) August 10, 2017
One television announcer said, “You’ve got to hold them [cats] by the back of the neck, just like the momma does!”
Hackmann and the cat did make it off the field together. And the game continued.
The Royals’ pitcher then threw the ball to Molina. He hit it into deep left field. The ball landed in the crowd. It was a home run. Because the bases were loaded, the Cardinals scored four runs.
The cat's out of the bag! We've won 5 straight games and now sit only 1.5 games back in the NL Central. #RallyCat
— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) August 10, 2017
Suddenly, the Royals were losing 8 to 5. When the game ended, St. Louis had won.
People who follow the Cards have nicknamed the animal “Rally Cat.” A “rally” is when a player or team that has been playing poorly begins to play well.
The hashtag #RallyCat soon became a trending topic on Facebook and Twitter.
It's been 10 minutes and #RallyCat is the number 12 trending topic on twitter. I love you, Cardinals twitter.
— John Mozeliak (@PrezJohnMo) August 10, 2017
Hackmann -- a big Cards fan himself -- did not have a good night. He had to go to the hospital because of the injuries he suffered.
Thursday morning, Hackmann told a St. Louis radio station that he has never owned a cat. He did not expect the cat to bite him, he said, “but obviously, I was being kind of dumb there.”
Rally Cat is not the only one getting attention on social media. Hackmann's Twitter account has “blown up” and “doubled in followers.”
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