The clubhouse is no place for an impressionable kitten.
So says St. Louis Feral Cat Outreach, which announced Thursday the Cardinals will not be given possession of their now-famous Rally Cat.
Rally Cat shot to fame during a Cardinals game earlier this month, when he ran onto the field moments before a Yadier Molina grand slam.
The internet being the internet, much fun was had and much fighting had begun.
The Cardinals and the nonprofit organization sparred for weeks over who should take ownership of the cat, with St. Louis Feral Cat Outreach accusing the ball club of using “bullying tactics” to try to force its hand.
The cat lovers, however, would not be swayed and will hold out for another potential home for the cat now dubbed “Rally” – presumably a home not inhabited by 50-plus men whose jobs require them to travel most of the year.
Both sides made opposing but equally absurd statements Thursday.
“Cat people are different human beings than the rest of us,” the cat’s lawyer — really — Al Watkins, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “They take very seriously that the best interest of the cat is being prioritized, and it became clear that the Cardinals were more interested in exploiting the cat for commercial interests.”
The team’s statement, in an email to the Post-Dispatch, refuted that notion but said it did not “want to be engaged in a cat fight.”
The Cardinals’ position that they are not solely concerned with commercial interests might have seemed a little more tenable if they weren’t preparing for Rally Cat Appreciation Day, presented by Purina, featuring themed tickets and Rally Cat T-shirts.
Rally Cat himself had no statement – because he is a cat, albeit a cat over whom a billion-dollar sports franchise and a Midwest nonprofit have fought for several weeks.
If, however, you are a cat lover and a Cardinals fan and you live in the St. Louis area, your dream pet still may be available for adoption.
— SC (@2xAught7) August 24, 2017