Cardinals groundskeeper takes ceremonial pitch to the noggin

ST. LOUIS (AP) — As if a scratch from the “Rally Cat” wasn’t enough, now a St. Louis Cardinals groundskeeper has a bonk on the head from an errant ceremonial pitch.

Lucas Hackmann first gained notoriety last season when he captured a cat that scurried onto the field at Busch Stadium, only to have the frightened feline sink its nails into his hand.

Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina homered on the next pitch, and the cat was dubbed the “Rally Cat.”

On Sunday, Hackman was helping with stenciling of text behind home plate while a man tossed a ceremonial “first pitch” before the Braves played the Cardinals. The throw sailed high and outside, beyond the reach of the catcher. It smacked Hackmann on the head.

Fortunately, it was a soft toss. Hackmann was fine.

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