Rabbit attends baseball game; the world rejoicesMay 1, 2021
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, professional baseball teams have been scrambling to figure out safe ways to bring fans back into the stands: baseball mitts, peanuts, Cracker Jacks, bunnies, and all.
On Thursday, April 22nd, the baseball world was pleasantly shocked to see a large pet bunny in the stands during the San Francisco Giants’ home game at Oracle Park against the Miami Marlins. Kei Kato brought her fiancé, Josh Row, and her therapy bunny, Alex the Great to the ballpark, and the furry fan was greeted with immense joy.
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Giants’ spokeswoman Staci Slaughter tells ESPN that Alex was the first bunny to attend a Giants game in Oracle Park’s 22-year history. Many speculate whether or not the bunny was a good luck charm for the club, after it pulled off a 3-0 victory with Alex in attendance.
Throughout the game, broadcast cameras would cut between the action on the field and the bunny in the stands. Towards the end of the game, a Marlins’ media relations staff member set out to bring Alex team merchandise. He may have been disappointed to find that Alex was already donning the home team’s garb; the bunny had a dark bow tie with orange crabs on it, representing the Giants’ team colors.
Alex the Great is just over four months old. Kato, 32, got Alex three months ago to help her manage various stress and anxiety related to the pandemic. After losing her brewery restaurant, “K-OZ”, Kato was in need of additional support systems. She tells ESPN that “I lost it all because of COVID, so I’ve been really stressed a lot.”
Having Alex join the family has made a dark time brighter. In the same ESPN article, Kato has endless kind words to say about her furry friend: “We actually bring him everywhere. He brings joy to everybody. He brings joy to us.”