Hero Cat That Fought a Dog to Protect Child Will Toss Out a First Pitch

Gabe Zaldivar@gabezalPop Culture Lead WriterMay 15, 2014


The Internet managed time away from super important Jay Z updates to concentrate on a truly harrowing video of a cat saving a little boy from an aggressive dog. It would seem that cat's heroics won it the opportunity to throw out the first pitch at a baseball game. 

If you guessed this story comes from the land of minor league baseball, pick up your prize at the door. 

TMZ reports that cat—named Tara—will get to toss out a first pitch: 

The Bakersfield Blaze -- the Class A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds -- has reached out to the cat's people hoping to get Tara (that's her name) to make the ceremonial first pitch at a game next week.

A rep for the team tells us ... the owner of the cat ACCEPTED THE OFFER ... and Tara (along with the boy she saved) will take the mound to throw out the first pitch on May 20th.

If that doesn't bring people out to see the Blaze, well, I guess they will just chug along per usual. We just hope this cat has better aim than Nick Young

For those uninitiated, the following CNN video breaks down a scary situation where a dog tried to carry off a little boy, only to be thwarted by a cat that managed to scare it off: 

KERO Bakersfield reports four-year-old Jeremy was playing on his bicycle when a dog belonging to a neighbor attacked. Thankfully, the family's cat saved the day, winning the applause of all who came in contact with this remarkable video.

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In fact, consider this cat curmudgeon a full-fledged cat lover now. 

And you simply can't argue with Jeremy, who offered, "Tara is my hero." 

Roger Triantafilo, Jeremy's father, said, "I've never seen a cat do that, especially ours. It just shows how much she really has a family-oriented mindset."

Now Hero Cat, or so it's being called around social media circles, will get a few more moments in the spotlight—beyond somehow tossing out the first pitch. (We assume someone with, you know, human appendages will help.)

TMZ was unable, as of this writing, to track down how exactly the Reds affiliate plans to employ a cat to the proceedings, but you can be sure we will all be waiting eagerly to find out. 

We never thought we would see the day when a cat would don a figurative cape and play hero, so we won't make the mistake of discounting the possibility that Tara chucks a solid pitch later in the month. 

Just when you thought you had seen it all, a minor league team decides to really blow your mind. 

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