Tara the Hero Cat can do anything.
At least that’s what some folks with the Bakersfield Blaze minor league organization must have thought when they booked her throw out the first pitch for Tuesday night’s game against the Lancaster JetHawks.
It’s hard to blame those guys. After all, they were probably doing the same thing as the rest of us since last week -- repeatedly watching the video of Tara saving a little boy from an attacking dog -- when someone came up with the bright idea of getting her to perform the ceremonial toss.
One problem -- she’s a cat! In addition to the obvious physical limitations, there’s also that inherent cat attitude to consider. No one’s life was in danger, so why should Tara bother putting forth the effort?
She didn’t. There was an attempt to get her to somehow bat her paw at a ball attached to a fishing line. When that didn’t work, her owner, Ryan Triantafilo, helped her toss a baseball across the plate.
Then 4-year-old Jeremy Triantafilo, the boy who Tara saved, got to throw out the real ceremonial first pitch.
All of which seemed fine with Tara, who looked like she had much better things to do the whole time -- like making sure no ferocious dogs came anywhere near Jeremy.