Tara the Hero Cat scheduled to throw out first pitch at minor league game
The cat from Bakersfield, Calif. who became a worldwide sensation after saving a four-year-old boy from a dog attack has been invited by a minor league baseball team to throw out a ceremonial first pitch before an upcoming game. And wouldn’t you know it, the heroic feline “accepted” the offer!
Tara the Hero Cat will “throw” out the first pitch before a Bakersfield Blaze — the Class-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds — on Tuesday, May 20 during an appearance at its hometown team’s minor league ballpark.
TMZ first broke the story:
The Bakersfield Blaze — the Class A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds — has reached out to the cat’s people hoping to get Tara (that’s her name) to make the ceremonial first pitch at a game next week.
A rep for the team tells us … the owner of the cat ACCEPTED THE OFFER … and Tara (along with the boy she saved) will take the mound to throw out the first pitch on May 20th.
And the team later confirmed it on Twitter.
Update: Tara the Hero Cat and family will throw out the first pitch on Tuesday, May 20th, and BOGO offer for fans donating animal food/toy!
— Bakersfield Blaze (@BakoBlaze) May 16, 2014
As a person with an aversion to cats — I’ve never met one I have truly liked (dog guy here) … there’s just something evil about felines, right? — I don’t see how this is going to work. First of all, how does a cat throw a pitch? Secondly, even if a cat could actually hold a ball and then toss it, you just know the damn cat would refuse to do so. You know, because that’s what a cat would do. Maybe they could rub the ball with a bunch of catnip and we can all just enjoy the cat freaking out over it. I dunno, it’s better than nothing.
Still as far as cats go, Tara is pretty awesome. Congratulations on the feline’s burgeoning success and fame.
[H/T Hardball Talk]