ATLANTA (AP) – A tiny cat scurried through the rafters in Truist Park before the Atlanta Braves attempted their fourth straight NL East title against the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday night.
The gray and white cat was spotted scurrying along a beam on the upper deck more than an hour before the first pitch, sparking a desperate attempt by stadium workers to lock the cat up before most of the fans got to the ballpark.
A handful of early arrivals watched the exertion, which involved at least half a dozen workers, a couple of ladders, a large net, and a thickly padded glove.
“Awww, it’s a kitten,” said one fan.
Obviously frightened, the animal howled as it shot back and forth on the beam and managed not to be caught for several minutes.
Finally, a worker managed to push the cat off the beam and send it harmlessly into the net. A gloved worker carried it away, presumably to hand it over to animal control – and hopefully to a new home.
The Truist Park cat was just the latest to find its way into a sports facility.
Less than three weeks ago, during the Miami-Appalachian State college football game, a cat somehow got into Hard Rock Stadium.
The animal caught one of its paws on the facade of the upper deck and dangled it over the lower level.
It eventually fell into an American flag that fans spread out as a makeshift net so it could be caught and brought to safety.
Of course, longtime Chicago Cubs fans still talk about the black cat that wandered onto the Shea Stadium field during a crucial 1969 game against the New York Mets.
The cat walked in a circle on the deck around Ron Santo and paraded in front of the boys’ shelter before disappearing under the stands. Apparently cursed Chicago gambled away its lead in NL East and the “Amazin ‘Mets” conquered the World Series.
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