Lakewood, NJ (AP) A minor league baseball team in New Jersey affiliated with the Philadelphia Phillies is so confident that furballs and fly balls go together that they are inviting fans to bring their cats to this weekend’s game.
Saturday is CATurday when the BlueClaws play the West Virginia Power in Lakewood.
The players will wear special jerseys that feature dozens of orange, black and gray cat faces. The jerseys will be auctioned for the team’s charity, which supports over 35 local nonprofit organizations, group sales director Kevin Fenstermacher said.
The special jerseys are popular with teams, said Jeff Lantz, senior director of communications with Minor League Baseball. He said the El Paso (Texas) Chihuahuas did a jersey with a dog face on the front, and the Eugene (Oregon) Emeralds did a “Portlandia” jersey for the hit comedy TV series filmed in Portland, Oregon.
“But this is the first cat jersey I can recall,” Lantz said.
Fans can have their cats displayed on the ballpark’s giant video screen, and the BlueClaws will feature special songs such as “Take MEOW Out to the Ballgame.” But some traditional baseball fans might not like singing, “Buy me some cat nip and Cracker Jack.”