When you’re a baseball player, you likely hold odd superstitions like not changing your socks when your team is on a winning streak or touching your cap a certain way before stepping into the batter’s box if you having a hitting streak. For Washington National’s player Jose Lobaton, he likely couldn’t keep a real cat with him on the road, so he chose to buy a lucky figurine of a cat from a Japanese gift store instead.
Partly in honor of former Braves catcher Evan Gattis and partly out of gratitude for his opportunity to play in the major leagues, Jose Lobaton decided to name his lucky cat figurine Gatitude. The next time you’re unable to be with a real cat, consider carrying a lucky cat figurine around with you instead. Who knows? It might bring you good luck just like a real cat.