Rally Rabbit

Therapy Bunny is the greatest sports animal of all time and we know because we just ranked them all

April 23, 2021

There was almost definitely a decisive outcome in the game played between the San Francisco Giants and the Miami Marlins on Thursday night, but as of press time we cannot force ourselves to care for the simple reason that while baseball was happening on the field, there was a bona fide THERAPY BUNNY in the stands.

That's right: A therapy bunny. His name is Alex, he wears a bow tie with orange crabs, and he stole the hearts of the American public.

As you see from that interview, Alex the therapy bunny has been around, from NASCAR to Lake Tahoe. It seems he even danced with the Warriors dance team at their practice facility. But this soothing rabbit has only begun his journey; after catching fire on social media, he received Marlins gear from the team, was invited back for Friday's game by the Giants, and even got an invite to see the Warriors when fans are allowed back in Oracle Arena:

"The bunny is welcome! If he's fast, we'll put him in the game to run the fast break!!" Warriors spokesman Raymond Ridder said.

Not a bad idea...Steph needs some help.

Alex's owner, 32-year-old Kei Kato, lost the restaurant she owned during the pandemic, and now runs a "small cafe" at the U.S. Immigrations Office, and Alex, who is four-and-a-half months old, helps her cope with the stress from that massive life change.

Here's the moment when the Giants broadcasting team first discovered the therapy bunny:

Before we go on, let's get one thing straight: All sports animals are good sports animals. But this is a blog post, which means we have to rank them all. Rules are rules. Let's count 'em down:

11. The Cardinals rally cat. Canceled for biting.

10. The Mariners cat. Canceled for biting also, but way funnier.

9. The "rally squirrel" of the St. Louis Cardinals. We never really got to know him.

8. The goat that cursed the Chicago Cubs. Hilarious but a little hateful, that goat. Also probably a myth.

7. The cat that cursed the Cubs in '69. Lesser known, but perhaps just as potent.

5. The bat that Manu Ginobli swatted. Also RIP? We think RIP.

2. Rally Monkey

1. Therapy Bunny

We will be accused of recency bias, but to the haters...well, just look at the little fella. In any case, the ranking is decisive, the verdict is final: Therapy Bunny is king among sports animals.