You hockey fans might remember during the 1996 season, the Florida Panthers used the rat as their "mascot" on their march to the franchise's first Stanley Cup Finals appearance.
In case you don't know the story: On the night of the Panthers' '95-'96 home opener, a rat scurried across the Florida locker room. Captain Scott Mellanby reacted by "one-timing" the rat against the wall, killing it. That night he scored two goals, which goaltender John Vanbiesbrouck remarked the effort as "a rat trick". Two nights later, as the story became known, a few fans threw rubber rats on the ice in celebration of a goal. The rubber rat count went from 16 for the third home game to over 2,000 during the playoffs.
While the Panthers (ironic, huh?) did not win the Stanley Cup that season the rat was rallying symbol for the team and its fans. So what about our Rally Rat? Can it be the Rally Monkey of 2002?
While I am not condoning fans launching 40,000 plastic rats onto the field after every run scored (there are plenty in the stadium already)..maybe the Rally Rat can be our new "mascot" as we go into the stretch run and hopefully win the World Series. Whadda ya all think?