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The Cardinals Secret Squirrel Weapon

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    The St. Louis Cardinals Rally Squirrel mascot runs around Busch Stadium.

    The Texas Rangers may have the claw and antlers or the ducks on a pond, but the St. Louis Cardinals have squirrels, real live squirrels.

    They call them "rally squirrels" and the rodents have run on the field at Busch Stadium two times while the Cardinals played the Phillies during the playoffs.

    In the bottom of the 6th inning of Game 3 of the NLDS, the rally squirrel interrupted Cardinals player Ryan Theriot's at-bat and brought the game to a halt as it scampered around the infield and along the wall near the fans.

    And during the 5th inning of Game 5 of the NLDS the rally squirrel darted across home plate during Skip Schumaker's at-bat, Phillies pitcher Roy Oswalt threw his hands in the air in annoyance.

    Stadium personnel have set traps using peanut butter to catch four of the squirrels but that doesn't seem to really stop them.

    Meanwhile, the team has embraced the rodent. The Cardinals have an actual Rally Squirrel mascot and they play squirrel videos on the Jumbotron.

    And fans love it too, they wear squirrel memorabilia, dress like squirrels and buy rally squirrels at the team fan shop.

    Get this, the rally squirrel has a Twitter account @BuschSquirrel.

    We'll go on the record to say we want to see more ducks on the pond than squirrels on the field.