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#RallyCat: Cards' grounds crew member gets national attention

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A member of the St. Louis Cardinals grounds crew removes a kitten from the field in the sixth inning during a game against the Kansas City Royals at Busch Stadium on August 9, 2017 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images) A member of the St. Louis Cardinals grounds crew removes a kitten from the field in the sixth inning during a game against the Kansas City Royals at Busch Stadium on August 9, 2017 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – The grounds crew member who ran on the field to rescue Rally Cat is gaining national attention.

“I knew that everyone was watching me and I just kind of wanted to grab it and get off the field as quick as possible,” 20-year-old Lucas Hackmann said. “I looked at Lorenzo Cain, he was like laughing at me, all the players were laughing at me. I was grabbing it, it was really cute and then all of sudden it clawed at me and bit my finger.”

Despite getting attacked, the O’Fallon, Illinois native said he never thought about dropping the cat as he ran off the field. After leaving the field, everyone wanted to know what he did with the cat.

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“I ran off, I kind of ran off to the Stan Musial statue and I dropped it and my hand was just covered in blood, I was worried about that. The cat was trying to get back into the stadium and I was trying to block it, then I had to go to first aid. So, I’m not sure what happened to it.”

Hackmann said he would like to see the cat again.

While dealing with the cat situation he missed Yadier Molina’s game winning grand slam but he said he could hear the screams from outside the stadium.

“The fact that Yadier Molina hits a grand slam the very next pitch, you can’t write stuff like that.”

It is currently unknown when Rally Cat is at. The Humane Society and Stray Rescue of St. Louis have both said they do not have the cat.

The Cardinals issued the following statement regarding Rally Cat Thursday afternoon:

As everyone observed during last night’s game, Lucas Hackmann, a member of our grounds crew, secured the stray cat in the outfield and exited the playing surface at the left field gate and walked up towards the main concourse at Gate 3.  He then let the cat down outside of Gate 3 near the Stan Musial statue and went immediately to first aid to attend to his scratch and bite injuries.  At that point, as our ushers tried to contain the cat, a fan grabbed it and claimed it was hers.  As she left the ballpark, our security team caught up with her and asked her some questions.  She then abruptly left with the cat.  We understand from media accounts that the woman intended to take it home and care for it, but lost track of it in City Garden.  We are hopeful someone will find the cat and contact us so we can properly care for it.  Our grounds crew is working on developing a stray animal protocol to ensure the safety of both crew and animal should this happen again.  In the meantime, the Cardinals are looking to scratch and claw their way back to the top of the division standings.

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