Tuesday night, during the sixth inning of the Miami Marlins-Atlanta Braves game, a gray cat sauntered onto the field. An usher, probably guessing the little guy hadn’t paid his way into the stadium, tried to round it up but the cat took off. It scurried along the outfield warning track, ran away from right fielder Giancarlo Stanton, crawled up the center field wall then ensconced itself in the animatronic home run sculpture.
Meanwhile, the Marlins’ left fielder Marcell Ozuna hit two home runs to help Miami win its home opener against the Atlanta Braves. Marlins president David Samson told CBS News that if Ozuna had hit a third homer, the sculpture would not have been activated for fear of harming the cat.
“He stayed up there for four innings,” said Ozuna. “Every time I went on defense, I looked up there and the cat was hiding its head. I said, ‘What are you doing up there?’ In the last inning I didn’t see it. I don’t know where he went.”
The Marlins wasted no time in trying to adopt the little fellow as a mascot, taking votes on their twitter page on a name for it. They even gave the cat its own hashtag: #RallyCat.
After the game, Marlins Park tweeted that the cat had escaped. Maybe he was a Braves fan.
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