Cardinals to hold Rally Cat Night promotion on Sept 10

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(AP Photo/Jeff Roberson). A cat runs across the field at Busch Stadium during the sixth inning of a baseball game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson). A cat runs across the field at Busch Stadium during the sixth inning of a baseball game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017, in St. Louis.
(AP Photo/Jeff Roberson). A cat runs across the field during the sixth inning of a baseball game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson). A cat runs across the field during the sixth inning of a baseball game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017, in St. Louis.
(AP Photo/Jeff Roberson). A member of the Busch Stadium grounds crew removes a cat that had run onto the field during the sixth inning of a baseball game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson). A member of the Busch Stadium grounds crew removes a cat that had run onto the field during the sixth inning of a baseball game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017, in St. Louis.
(AP Photo/Jeff Roberson). Kansas City Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain watches as a cat runs past during the sixth inning of the team's baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson). Kansas City Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain watches as a cat runs past during the sixth inning of the team's baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017, in St. Louis.
(AP Photo/Jeff Roberson). Kansas City Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain waits as a member of the Busch Stadium grounds crew removes a cat that wandered onto the field during the sixth inning of the Royalss baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals... (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson). Kansas City Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain waits as a member of the Busch Stadium grounds crew removes a cat that wandered onto the field during the sixth inning of the Royalss baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals...
By BY STEVE OVERBEY
Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) - This didn't take long: The St. Louis Cardinals announced a Rally Cat Night promotion for their Sept. 10 game against Pittsburgh.

A cat trotted on the field Wednesday with the Cardinals trailing Kansas City 5-4. After a short delay, Yadier Molina hit a grand slam on the next pitch, and St. Louis went on to an 8-5 win.

"I'm a dog guy, but I like that cat tonight," St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said.

The cat was placed outside the ballpark near the end of the game and was picked up by a fan, who intended to take it home. But the feline jumped from her grasp and ran off into a grassy area blocks from the stadium. After a lengthy search, the cat was discovered in downtown St. Louis on Friday.

St. Louis said Saturday that fans will be allowed to purchase a special theme ticket for the Sept. 10 game that will include admission and an exclusive rally cat T-shirt. A portion of each ticket sold will go Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) and the St. Louis Feral Cat Outreach. La Russa managed the Cardinals from 1996-2011, winning a pair of World Series titles.

The Cardinals are currently making arrangements to care for the cat on a long-term basis. St. Louis outfielder Dexter Fowler enjoyed watching the cat ramble around on the field.

"At first I thought it was a rat," he said.

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