Dodgers pitcher rocks cat cleats on Caturday

October 17th, 2021

The baseball world was reminded of a very important fact during Game 1 of the NLCS on Saturday: Dodgers pitcher Tony Gonsolin loves cats.

When the right-hander entered the game against the Braves in the fourth inning, the TBS broadcast was quick to highlight his amazing custom cleats, which featured fake cat fur in honor of his two cats, Tigger and Blu, as well as an image of an adorable cat:

It's also quite fitting that Gonsolin's appearance came on Caturday, which he of course celebrates every week. During Spring Training 2019, the team sent Gonsolin, along with Kenta Maeda's translator and fellow feline enthusiast Taku Iwamoto, to the St. Catty's Day event in Phoenix:

Gonsolin allowed one run over 1 2/3 innings while rocking the cat cleats during the Dodgers' 3-2 loss in Game 1. Now we're left wondering if the cleats will make an appearance during his next appearance, even if it comes on, say, a Sunday.