Another feline baseball fan made MLB news last night with a fifth inning appearance at Kansas City’s Kauffman Stadium, delaying the game by several minutes.
Reports differed as to how the brown tabby got down to the field, but he attracted the attention of the crowd and players when he appeared in front of the visitor’s 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.”
The frightened feline danced around the diamond, heading for home before bolting into right field foul territory. He was ultimately ushered into the Royals bullpen. From there, he exited the stadium. [see video]
Cats are probably the biggest baseball fans of anyone in the animal kingdom. In addition to hard-core Yankees fans Jeter Harris and Gordy Lamstein (right), who cheer on their men in blue from the comfort of their home Barcoloungers, numerous cats have been observed attending major league baseball games.