In the midst of the Baltimore Orioles’ victory over the New York Yankees on Monday, a cat on the loose was showered in “M-V-P” chants
On Monday, the Baltimore Orioles were welcomed into Yankee Stadium to face the New York Yankees in the first of a three-game set this week. And, while the Orioles’ four home runs and excellent pitching performance against a star-studded Yankees lineup surprised many fans, nobody could have seen coming what would transpire in the eighth inning.
With Baltimore’s heavy 7-1 lead looming late in the game, a stray cat made it onto the field at Yankee Stadium. With play stopped, security personnel chased the cat into the outfield as fans in attendance chanted “M-V-P” while watching the cat evade those trying to catch it for nearly four minutes.
The Yankee Stadium cat is the second cat to enter the field of play during a Major League Baseball game this year, becoming furry contemporaries with the cat who ran around the outfield of Coors Field during a game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Colorado Rockies in early April. Of course, this prompted fans to weigh in on which cat did the field rush better.
"“We saw [the cat] in the dugout earlier in the game, just chilling there, so we let him be. Next thing I know, I heard all the fans cheering. I didn’t know what was going on,” said Orioles outfielder Cedric Mullins. “I didn’t see the cat until he was out at the outfield wall. Then it was seeing seven grown men get their ankles broken by a cat. It was pretty funny to watch.”"
Oddly enough, the event caused by the cat at Yankee Stadium wasn’t the only collision of baseball meeting nature on Monday. During the Philadelphia Phillies’ win over the Washington Nationals, center fielder Victor Robles made friends with a praying mantis who landed on his hat and took the field with him in the ninth inning.
Baseball is at its best when things get weird, and Monday’s happenings gave fans plenty of it.