Kei Kato brought his 4 1/2 month old bunny, Alex, to the Marlins-Giants game on Thursday night and the little hopper was a big hit.
SAN FRANCISCO – A handsome golden-colored therapy bunny named Alex came to the stadium and stole the hearts of San Francisco Giants fans on Thursday night, attending the series opener against Miami with owners Kei Kato and Josh Row .
Athletic one dark bow tie with orange crabs to represent the Giants’ colors, Alex, 4 and a half, saved some screen time at the start of the innings – because it’s not every day you see a bunny at a game of baseball.
The rabbit in the stands would be a first in Oracle Park’s 22-year history, according to Giants spokeswoman Staci Slaughter.
âNever. Crazy.â¦ If we win tonight, she (Kato) has to come back tomorrow,â Slaughter said via text, noting that Alex has become an instant sensation on Twitter.
Daniel Kurish, of the Marlins’ media relations staff, wasted no time having fun with the bunny: in the seventh round, he had left to deliver clothes from Miami to the good-sized mammal.
“Tonight’s attendance, 4,580, not counting the bunny,” official scorer David Feldman announced in the seventh.
Alex has been an important and beloved companion for Kato, 32, who lost his brewery restaurant called “K-OZ” during the pandemic and now runs a small cafe in the United States immigration office. The rabbit helps him cope with the anxiety and stress of no longer having his main source of income and fulfillment.
âI lost everything to COVID so I was very stressed out,â Keto said. âWe support the local. I was a local. He is also well trained.
Giants CEO Larry Baer was delighted to welcome Alex and his owners.
âI love this therapy bunnyâ¦â Baer said. “We could all use a therapy bunny now!”
Alex jumped with the Warriors Dance Team at his practice outside of the nearby Chase Center in the Mission Bay neighborhood of San Francisco. Kato and his fiancee Row plan to bring him to see Stephen Curry and Golden State soon enough. Fans return for the Warriors’ home game on Friday night against the Nuggets.
âThe rabbit is welcome! If it is fast, we will put it in the game to run the fast break !! Warriors spokesperson Raymond Ridder said.
Rabbit has attended a NASCAR event and is even an ambassador for Lions Clubs International. Alex has helped distribute 400 Easter eggs to children, brings smiles and loves to play, even giving kisses to order. He entertains the masses at the farmer’s markets, tubing on Lake Tahoe and kayaking.
âWe actually take it everywhere,â Kato said. âHe brings joy to everyone. He brings us joy.