St. Louis Feral Cat Outreach said Thursday that it has not made a decision on the “Rally Cat’s” long-term home. The St. Louis Cardinals’ vice president of communications’ claims that the center had promised to give the cat to the team.
“It was a disappointment to STLFCO and many of our friends and fans to read the Cardinal’s PR Head Ron Watermon’s comments to the media concerning Rally. It was a totally false statement that STLFCO has committed anything to the Cardinals. We have made no decisions about Rally’s long-term placement. It seems inconsistent with ‘The Cardinals Way’ to make such false statements,” the organization said in a statement.
Ron Watermon had told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that STLFCO had promised to give the cat to the team after a 10-day quarantine ends Monday. That period has passed, but the organization said that a date was never set.
“Due to our many commitments and complex schedules, we told the Cardinals we’d be delighted to meet later this month, the first time the entire group can meet with them to discuss the situation. Perhaps we can find a way to reach out to the Senior Leadership of the Cardinals (the Dewitts, Mike Whittle, etc) and meet with them, as Mr. Watermon’s perceived bullying tactics shocked us,” STLFCO said in the statement.
The now-famous “Rally Cat” darted across the field during the Aug. 9 game against Kansas City, just moments before Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina hit a grand slam. The team and fans want the cat for good luck.
Fun little story. Go Cardinals!