Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain didn’t move either time.
In the sixth inning of the Royals’ 8-5 loss Wednesday to the Cardinals, a young cat appeared to come out somewhere past the Royals dugout and dashed to center field. Cain didn’t move a muscle and the cat ran past him.
A stadium worker tracked the cat down on the warning track, and paid the price for not wearing gloves. The cat scratched and/or bit the man, who ran back toward the Royals dugout and up the stairs in the stands.
The short delay may have affected Royals pitcher Peter Moylan, who was dealing with a bases-loaded situation with two outs (the fire was started by Brandon Maurer).
After the cat was removed from the game, Moylan’s next pitch to Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina was hit into the left-field stands for a grand slam.
Cain didn’t move that time either.
“I’m not a cat person,” Cardinals manager Mike Matheny quipped after the game, “but I like that one.”
Matheny later added: “I didn’t see anything ahead of time until everybody made all the noise. I thought there was a streaker on the field, to be honest. Then I saw it was just the cat.”
The feline was considered a hero among Cardinals fans. During a pitching change at Busch Stadium in the eighth inning, a video of the cat on the field was shown, followed by a clip of Molina’s home run. “Rally Cat — Forever in our hearts” was the message at the end, and fans loved it.
Not surprisingly, someone wanted to take the cat home.
“I’ve been told he’s already been picked up, somebody claimed him,” Matheny said.