Rally Squirrel featured on Cardinals’ World Series rings (Picture)

This may be the first time in history a rodent — or any animal for that matter — was featured on a World Series ring. The Cardinals received their World Series rings on Saturday and the jewelry features the traditional amount of gaudiness. They’re made of 14-karat white gold and include 103 round diamonds and 50 custom-cut rubies. Oh yeah, if you look between home plate and the STL logo, you can see a squirrel in the same running position as the one that interrupted Games 3 and 4 of the Phillies-Cardinals series in St. Louis last season. Yup, the “Rally Squirrel” not only got prominent placement on a baseball card, but it also found its way onto the Cards’ World Series rings.

Other cool features for the rings are that they have each of the years of the previous 10 titles in franchise history, the results of all the playoff series written on the inside of the bands, and the phrase “HAPPY FLIGHT” written below the results. Happy flight is a saying Rafael Furcal began on getaway-days as he was hoping the team would have a happy flight home because they had won.

Two more photos of the rings are below (click twice to enlarge):

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Rally Squirrel Featured Prominently on Skip Schumaker’s New Baseball Card (Picture)

Remember the squirrel that appeared at Busch Stadium during Game 3 and Game 4 of the NLDS between the Cardinals and Phillies? Yeah, it pretty much got its own baseball card.

Pictured above is the new 2012 Topps Series 1 baseball card for Cardinals utility man Skip Schumaker. Skip was at the plate in the fifth inning of Game 4 of the NLDS when the squirrel ran across the field, likely costing the Phillies a strike. After going on to win Game 4, Cardinals fans and even manager Tony La Russa began embracing the “Rally Squirrel” as a good luck charm.

The baseball card reportedly only includes Schumaker’s name and cleats and little else about the Cardinals infielder. Topps says that it’s the first time in the company’s history that a player’s card did not include the player’s face.

In case you were worried about Skip being insulted, Beckett says the squirrel card will be available as a short-printed variation, so not all Schumaker cards in the set will feature the squirrel. This should be a fun item for collectors.

Charlie Manuel on the Squirrel: I’m a Pretty Good Shot

For the second day in a row at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, a squirrel got loose on the field. This time, it actually appeared to have disrupted play by scurrying in front of home plate just after Roy Oswalt had thrown a pitch. Oswalt complained to the umpire after the pitch, and seemed to suggest that either a) he was bothered by the squirrel or b) the umpire got distracted and forgot to call the pitch a strike. It wouldn’t matter because the squirrel ran into the stands and Oswalt proceeded to get Skip Schumaker to fly out.

Anyhow, Phillies manager Charlie Manuel, who also went out to protest the squirrel’s presence on the field, was asked about the stray rodent after the game. He busted out with some Southern humor.

“There’s not too much I can do about a squirrel running across the field. I don’t know what I can do about that. Of course, being from the South, and being a squirrel hunter, if I had a gun I might have done something. I’m a pretty good shot,” he joked.

At least, we think he was joking. If the eating habits of Takeo Spikes are any indication, he might be serious.