The Kansas City Royals retire the Rally Mantis

The exhilarating Rally Mantis Era in Kansas City has come to an end. The team announced that Rally Mantis Jr., who joined the team during a road game in Detroit shortly after the passing of the original Rally Mantis, has been donated to a local nature center where it can live out the rest of its days in peace.

The Rally Mantis became an incredibly popular part of the team and had a special place in the dugout. The team channeled the spirit of the mantis and won 18 of its last 24 games in the month of August, but the Royals didn't want to endanger the insect by forcing it to travel.

It's official, we're donating Rally Mantis II to the Lakeside Nature Center in Swope Park. He had a good run going 12-6 since coming aboard.

— Mike Swanson (@Swanee54) September 5, 2016

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The mantis will not perish in Minn this time. He's been pardoned. #FreeRally Here's the team's "official" statement

— Joel Goldberg (@goldbergkc) September 5, 2016

Thanks for the memories, #RallyMantis Jr. 👋

— Kansas City Royals (@Royals) September 5, 2016

This will be particularly sad news for the Royals fan with a mantis tattoo.