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Cards grounds crew member ‘okay’ after Rally Cat encounter (pic)

Busch Stadium grounds crew member Lucas Hackmann took to social media Wednesday night to tweet he’s “okay” after a scratchy encounter with the St. Louis Cardinals’ newly dubbed “Rally Cat.”

Major League Baseball’s latest incarnation of “Rally [Insert Animal Here]” made its appearance in the outfield during the sixth inning with the Cardinals down 5-4 to the Kansas City Royals. Hackmann was dispatched to wrangle up the intruding critter. He paid the price as the cat squirmed and scratched the entire time Hackmann jogged back to the infield.

Yadier Molina’s at-bat was interrupted due to the field intruder. But the catcher not only remained focused, he smashed a grand slam home run on the following pitch following the delay, propelling the Cardinals to an 8-5 win.

“I’m not a cat person,” Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said after the win, via the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “But I sure like that one.”

Touche.

“You never expect animals,” Molina added of the peculiar incident. “The catcher (Cam Gallagher) told me, ‘You ever seen something like that before?’ I said, ‘Not with a cat, but with a squirrel, yes.’”

Which brings us back to Hackmann. The Busch Stadium grounds crew member thankfully provided an update on his status.

Hackmann reportedly had to be taken to nearby hospital for treatment and possible shots.

And the cat? Security informed Matheny that someone had already “claimed the cat” and was no longer at the ballpark.

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