Black Cat Brings Good Luck to the Mets ... Again

 |  Sep 8th 2011  |   4 Contributions


A black cat startles fans at the Sept. 6 Mets-Marlins game. (AP photo)

Okay, I'm not a big sports fan. In fact, I'd rather spend an hour cleaning toilets in a bus station than watching a football or hockey game.

Basketball and soccer? Meh.

Baseball, on the other hand -- well, I actually kind of like baseball. And, like everything else, baseball is better with cats.

The New York Mets probably think so, too, after a black cat dashed across the field during their Tuesday game against the Florida Marlins at Sun Life Stadium in Miami. The cat hopped out of the seats behind first base and, apparently realizing it was having its 15 seconds of fame, climbed back over the wall and into hiding, making its way through the stands and past a booth where a startled sportscaster tried to follow its path.

The Mets won that game, 7-4, in 12 innings.

It's not the first time the mighty Mets have benefited from good "kitty karma." In a 1969 playoff game against the Chicago Cubs at Shea Stadium, a black cat ran circles around Cubs third baseman Ron Santo while he was warming up for his next at-bat.

The Cubs would have gone to the World Series that year if they had won that game. But they lost, 7-1.

Whatever the reason for black cats' apparent off-again, on-again love affair with the Mets, it seems to be working out well for the team.

Here's a video that caught at least part of the black cat's dash.

If you're in a reader, watch the video here.

I wish cats would start working their magic for my favorite team, the Boston Red Sox, who are in second place in the American League standings behind their archrivals, the New York Yankees. (I'm a Mainer, and as such I have an almost moral obligation to be a Red Sox fan and despise the Yankees.)

Did I really write an entire blog post about baseball (and cats)? I think I just lost a million nerd points!

It's okay — my cats will love me with or without my full nerdiness quotient.

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