Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Rally Cat Just Got His Very Own Bobblehead

Posted By on Wed, Feb 14, 2018 at 9:48 AM

click to enlarge COURTESY OF NATIONAL BOBBLEHEAD HALL OF FAME AND MUSEUM
  • COURTESY OF NATIONAL BOBBLEHEAD HALL OF FAME AND MUSEUM


Rally Cat, the St. Louis-based kitten who brought new life to the Cardinals' flagging fortunes last season, only to spurn the ballclub's affections, has just gotten its own bobblehead.

The limited edition figurine was released this morning by the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum, which says it's only making 360. Each will be individually numbered.

"As soon as we heard about the Rally Squirrel we knew it would make for a fun bobblehead,” Phil Sklar, co-founder and CEO of the Wisconsin-based hall of fame and museum said in a press release. “We’re familiar with the celebrity sports animals with Hank here in Milwaukee, and we wanted to give fans to have their very own Rally Cat, albeit in bobblehead form.”

It's a worthy commemoration of the key role Rally Cat played in a Cardinals victory last August. The handsome gray kitten streaked across the field during a tense moment versus the Kansas City Royals, with the bases loaded. But the kitten's heroic run — and feisty response to being picked up by a member of the grounds crew — proved just the trick, inspiring Yadier Molina to hit a grand slam on the very next pitch.

It's after that things got bizarre.

Apparently, a cat-loving fan managed to persuade the team that the stray was hers — but then, outside Busch Stadium, Rally Cat made another dash for freedom.

After a city-wide cat hunt, the non-profit St. Louis Feral Cat Outreach found him hanging in Citygarden the next day (because where else would you want to be?). But when the Cardinals attempted to claim the cat as its own, offering the little guy a new home in its clubhouse, the organization bridled, hiring Albert Watkins to push back. Watkins, who lately has been in the news as the attorney repping the cuckolded husband of the governor's former mistress, told the team to back off: The cat people wanted to ensure the cat's best interests. His balls newly snipped, Rally Cat ended up retiring to a quiet life far from the lights of Busch Stadium.

In its press release, the bobblehead museum sidesteps the controversy. "Although the Cardinals didn’t end up keeping the Rally Cat, its instant celebrity status shined the light on animal welfare issues. In addition, the Cardinals hosted a Rally Cat Appreciate Day on August 9th, 2017, and a portion of each ticket was donated by the Cardinals to Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation and St. Louis Feral Cat Outreach," its release noted.

And the museum is following in the team's footsteps: "The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum donated Rally Cat bobbleheads to the St. Louis Feral Cat Outreach and to Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation to help support the important missions of both organizations."

Get yours for $40 before they run out via the hall of fame's website.

We welcome tips and feedback. Email the author at sarah.fenske@riverfronttimes.com


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