It's "River Cats." Not "Rivercats." Get it right or face the wrath of the Oakland A's Triple-A affiliate.
"All members of the local and national media, River Cats corporate partners, full- or part-time River Cats staff, and season, flex, and mini-plan ticket holders will be fined $1 for spelling 'River Cats' incorrectly," according to a press release issued by the team.
Is this some sort of early April Fool's joke?
Not according to the official River Cats Twitter feed:
It's real. You will be fined $1 for writing "River Cats" incorrectly. You have been warned. atmilb.com/11o3S0S— River Cats (@RiverCats) March 21, 2013
The minor league is serious about this threat; They feel their franchise is being disrespected and they want everyone to get it right.
All the money the River Cats collect in their "fine jar" will go to the River Cats Foundation, which provides millions of dollars to the greater Sacramento community.
There are a few exceptions to the new rule: twitter mentions, text messages and handwritten notes. Interestingly, Facebook posts are subject to the $1 fine.
It should be noted that the team's official Twitter handle does not include a space between the two words, nor does the team logo.