Skip to comments.Cat frolics on field in fifth inning in KC
Posted on 08/06/2009 7:14:49 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued
Say what you want about their win-loss record, but the Royals' 2009 season is definitely running in first place in the bizarre moments category.
The Royals lost earlier this year in Cleveland when the Indians' game-winning hit ricocheted off a seagull in center field. Feel free to read that again.
This time, there was a cat sighting on the field of Kauffman Stadium.
Trailing the Mariners, 8-4, in the top of the fifth during Wednesday's 11-6 loss, a mysterious gray cat wandered out onto the field.
"Was I smiling? I don't know if I smiled or not," said Royals manager Trey Hillman. "It was one of those things that didn't really surprise me. I was surprised it wasn't entirely black."
There were conflicting stories being told after Wednesday's game. Some people seemed to think the cat came from the stands. Others said it materialized in the Mariners' bullpen.
This much is certain, the crowd finally became aware of the cat when it showed up in front of the Mariners' dugout.
"It jumped from the stands into our bullpen," said Mariners' reliever Shawn Kelley said. "We thought it was going to attack [pitching coach] John [Wetteland] so we had to divert it away from him. It scaled an eight-foot wall, it really did. We were just concerned with saving John. We thought he was in trouble. He was cornered."
Appearing frightened, the cat bolted around the diamond, moving toward home plate, before running down the right-field line.
Royals catcher Miguel Olivo stood up and lunged at the cat for a second, but it took off into foul territory.
"You always see that on SportsCenter but you never get to see it live," Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu said. "That's the first time I've seen one live.
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After all the glum news we’ve had, this is a much-needed tonic. It’s too bad a cat didn’t interrupt the debate on the Health Care Bill.
"I noooo nuthing"
My cats are on saline drip and B12 shots
They keep going and going at 17 YIKES
I love your cat!
My kitty lived to 20.
I remember several years ago when Randy Johnson pitched for Arizona. He threw a fastball that struck a dove broadside just as both were crossing homeplate. Feathers went flying and the dove was killed instantly. What are the odds?
thats nice to know! Dont get me wrong I love the cats but its getting expensive
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Mine made it to ALMOST 22 years.
Randy Johnson’s bullseye pitch.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KteP6k1wg94
A friend of mine had to put her Yoshi down last week. Great cat, way too expensive to keep him alive.
He was almost 18. He was a great cat, a real lover with a deep throaty meow. Because he was long haired, you never knew just how thin he was getting.
I think he was happy to cross the rainbow bridge.
You get to a point where you have to ask if you’re keeping your animal alive for him, or for you? With animals you can ask the quality of life question because all animals are living in the moment way more than we do (we spend a lot of time thinking about the past and the future).
I fully agree.
Ohhh poor little one..the noise and people had him/her really freaked out.
All your bases are belong to us!
Got 2 of those myself.
They chased the cat away? They should have seen if it could pitch or hit first.
My cat gets B12 every month too...hope she lives to at LEAST 17....
Hi Fawn, I would love to see a picture the baseball cat!
Amen! What a hoot!
KC has had it's problems for years now. They could use the kitty as a mascot!
The Cat defeated the Royals 3-1.
Hi Fawn. How’s it going? It’s nice to see you, and I hope your ferals and pets are doing well.
Poor kitty was scared crazy, flehmening (not menacingly showing its teeth as the announcer said), and trying to get away from all the noise and openness. That was a definite “I’m in an alternate universe” response.
Hi Lady...yes all is well....hope the same for you.....
"On August 4, 1983, (Yankee's outfielder, Dave) Winfield unintentionally killed a seagull by throwing a ball at it while warming up before the fifth inning of a game at Toronto's Exhibition Stadium. Fans responded by hurling obscenities and improvised missiles. After the game, he was brought to the Ontario Provincial Police station and arrested for cruelty to animals..."
Good to hear. Mostly okay here too.
Hope the ‘mostly’ is not serious?
My normally-very-mellow tomcat was like that coming out of anaethesia - it was obvious that he wasn’t seeing this world.
Winfield was playing for the Yankees at the time.
Mine made it to 16 before old age got the best of her.
If you would like to be on the ping list let me know.
This will be a medium volume ping list during the baseball season and a low volume ping list when all life stops in late October.
Just a little nervous about Hubby’s job. He’s stressed a bit because some customers are going away, and he and his boss are working hard to replace the lost business. It’s okay so far. Thanks.
Mine have been pretty quiet after surgery except for Shadow, the new girl. She cried pitifully all the way home from the vet. Broke my heart.
The late Muffin escaped into the attic once, and he had that same look until we coaxed him out.
LOL LOL I remember that. PETA was after Dave.
What a Beautiful cat. I hope someone takes him and gives him a nice life.
That cat wasn’t ‘showing its teeth’, he was hyperventilating out of fear. Poor guy just had the 5 most terrifying minutes of his life.