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Cardinals issue statement after ‘Rally Cat’ goes missing

The St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday issued an official statement concerning the now-unknown whereabouts of “Rally Cat.”

The latest incarnation of “Rally [Insert Random Animal Here]” occurred on Wednesday night at Busch Stadium when a cat interrupted the Cardinals’ 8-5 win over the Kansas City Royals during the sixth inning (more on that here).

And now, it appears “Rally Cat” has gone missing.

The statement, which actually includes cat puns at the end, as transcribed by Big League Stew:

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.

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said after the game that ballpark security informed him that someone had already “claimed the cat” and was no longer at the ballpark. That appears to have been the case, but now “Rally Cat” apparently is fending for itself somewhere in St. Louis.

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