During Monday night’s matchup against the Baltimore Orioles, the New York Yankees had an unexpected visitor on the field in feline form.
In the bottom of the 8th inning, a cat entered the playing field at Yankee Stadium and became the star of the show. New York fans in attendance had little else to cheer for tonight in the Bronx. As the kitty ran out onto the diamond, the Yankees trailed the O’s 7-1 with only an inning left in the game.
However, New York fans brushed the game and its result to the side and hilariously banded together to root for the cat. As the animal entered the field it took off down the third-base line and jetted off into left field. The cat headed straight for Orioles outfielder Ryan McKenna before hitting a hard right and running to the warning track.
“Uh oh. Well, this could be a while,” one of the announcers amusingly said during the broadcast.
“Go down there and catch that cat, would you?” the other announcer joked to his partner in the booth.
As the cat reached the outfield wall it finally hesitated. It ended up right beside the bullpen door. As the announcers suggested, someone could’ve opened the door and the cat may have exited the field. Yet it wasn’t meant to be to the crowd’s delight. Upwards of a dozen grounds crew members and security staff continued to chase the cat to no avail.
As the little cat evaded its would-be capturers, Yankees fans encouraged it with MVP chants. Each time it escaped the grasps of the crew, the crowd roared with laughter and cheers. Even the Yankees players in the dugout couldn’t help but laugh about the amusing situation. New York fans might have been disappointed by their team’s effort tonight, but the hysterical cat chase likely eased the pain of the 7-1 loss.
New York Yankees Grant Woman’s 60-Year-Old Dream to Be a Bat Girl
In other feel-good New York Yankees news, 70-year-old Gwen McLoughlin recently had her dream come true when the Yankees made her a bat girl. 60 years earlier, the franchise rejected McLoughlin’s written request to be a bat girl when she was only 10 years old.
In late June, decades later, Yankees GM Brian Cashman replied to McLoughlin on behalf of the team. New York offered her a chance to live out her lifelong dream.
“Although your long-ago correspondence took place 60 years ago — six years before I was born — I feel compelled to resurrect your original request and do what I can to bring your childhood dream to life,” Cashman told her. “Here at the Yankees, we have championed to break down gender barriers in our industry. It is an ongoing commitment rooted in the belief that a woman belongs everywhere a man does, including the dugout.”
“And despite the fact that six decades have passed since you first aspired to hold down the position as a New York Yankees Bat Girl, it is not too late to reward and recognize the ambition you showed in writing that letter to us as a 10-year-old girl.”