SAN FRANCISCO – A handsome gold-colored therapy bunny named Alex came to the ballpark and stole the hearts of San Francisco Giants fans Thursday night as he competed in the series opener against Miami with owners Kei Kato and Josh Row.
4 1/2 month old Alex, who wears a dark bow tie with orange crabs to represent the colors of the giants, earned some important screen time in the early innings – because you don’t see a rabbit every day at a baseball game.
According to Giants spokeswoman Staci Slaughter, the bunny in the stands is likely a first in the 22-year history of Oracle Park.
“Never. Crazy. … If we win tonight, she has to come back tomorrow,” Slaughter said via text message, noting that Alex immediately became a Twitter sensation. The Giants won 3-0.
Daniel Kurish, from the Marlins media team, wasted no time in indulging in the rabbit’s fun: in the seventh inning, he was out delivering Miami equipment to the large mammal.
“Today’s participation, 4,580 without the rabbit,” announced the official goalscorer David Feldman in the seventh.
Larry Baer, CEO of Giants, was thrilled to host Alex and his owners.
“I love this therapy bunny,” said Baer. “We could all use a therapy bunny now!”
Alex was an important, beloved companion of 32-year-old Kato, who lost her brewery restaurant “K-OZ” during the pandemic and now runs a small cafe at the US immigration service. The rabbit helps her to deal with the fear and stress of no longer having her main source of income and fulfillment.
“I lost everything because of COVID, so I was very stressed,” said Kato. “We support locals. I was a local. He’s also well educated.”
Alex and the Golden State Warriors dance team jumped into his practice in front of the nearby Chase Center in the Mission Bay neighborhood of San Francisco. Kato and her fiancée Row plan to take him to Stephen Curry and the warriors soon enough. Fans return for the Warriors’ home game against the Nuggets on Friday night.
“The rabbit is welcome! If he’s quick we’ll bring him into play to take the quick break !!” Warrior spokesman Raymond Ridder said.
The rabbit has attended a NASCAR event and is even an ambassador for Lions Clubs International. Alex helped distribute 400 Easter eggs to children, brought a smile and loves to play and even gave kisses on command. He entertains the crowds at farmers markets, has tubed on Lake Tahoe, and has even kayaked.
“We’re actually taking him everywhere,” said Kato. “He brings joy to everyone. He brings us joy.”