This weekend the members of last years champion St. Louis Cardinals team received their World Series rings. Featured on the rings is an important unofficial member of that team, the Rally Squirrel. If you look between the St. Louis logo and the home plate superimposed on the two crossed bats, you can see the squirrel:
And here is the Rally Squirrel in action last fall:
If you are a baseball fan, you will remember that the squirrel, which had been first seen in the stadium by many fans in he previous day's game, ran across the field and briefly disrupted play during a Skip Schumaker at bat in game 4 of the Cardinals' National League Division Series against Philadelphia. At the time, St. Louis trailed the Phillies two games to one in the best-of-five series. When the Cards came back and won the division series, and then went on to take the World Series, the squirrel was credited by many as a good luck charm.
In addition to its place on the World Series ring, the squirrel is also featured on Cardinals outfielder Schumaker's 2012 Topps baseball card.
The Rally Squirrel was later trapped and taken to a refuge in the St. Louis area, where he or she is hopefully enjoying a comfortable retirement.