'Hero Cat' Throws Out 1st Pitch at Minor League Baseball Game

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How do you picture a cat slinging a baseball? 

It’s a question I’ve never had to ask—that is, until Tara came along. A tabby cat owned by a family in Bakersfield, Calif., Tara commandeered the Internet this May when she saved a toddler in the midst of a vicious dog attack. 

If you haven't seen Tara in action (shame on you), here's the video footage of her saving Jeremy, her owners' son, from a neighborhood dog. 

And thus "Hero Cat" was born. The video of Tara saving Jeremy led to the feline throwing out the first pitch at a Bakersfield Blaze game, because these are the kinds of promotional events famous kitties attend.

This brings us back to the question of feline pitching mechanics: How does a cat throw a ball?

I pictured Tara pawing a "Launch" button and initiating some kind of giant, precariously arranged Rube Goldberg machine involving pulleys and cheese wheels.

The actual answer, however, is a cat pitches with a little help from its owner.

Taylor Berman of Gawker.com spotted video of Tara’s first pitch, which took place at Historic Sam Lynn Ballpark on Tuesday night. Held over the mound, Tara attempted to swat at a baseball attached to a string.

The idea was to have the cat swat the ball down the string, which led to home plate. Tara looked in her pitches, but eventually needed the assistance of her owner, who placed paw in hand and helped the furry hero toss the ball to the dish.

Tara later explained her throwing difficulties on Twitter.

But you did use your left paw, Tara! Who knows, maybe cats are like Europe and everything is the opposite.

Jeremy was also on hand for the event. He threw out two first pitches, ambidextrously using a different hand for each toss. The Blaze say young Jeremy was more nervous than Tara in front of the crowd.

In all, it was just another day in the life of Tara the Hero Cat, whose agility and righteous bodyslams kept a young child from grievous injury. 

If she keeps this up, Tara could be looking at a potential big league deal. She showed more hustle out there than Prince Fielder.

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