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The Frank Francisco chicken saga comes to a happy ending

Jun 25, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

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On Friday Mets reliever Frank Francisco called the Yankees “chickens” for some reason. Then, as a joke, reliever Tim Byrdak sent a clubhouse attendant to Chinatown to buy a live chicken and gave it to Francisco. It ran around the Mets clubhouse over the weekend, but now it is going to a better place. No, not a deep fryer, sadly:

The chicken will be heading to Farm Sanctuary in Watkins Glen, N.Y., according to a spokesperson for the sanctuary. Lefty reliever Tim Byrdak, who came up with the idea to purchase the chicken and didn’t want to see it killed, presented the chicken to Farm Sanctuary media relations specialist Meredith Turner on Sunday. The team also presented Farm Sanctuary with a $500 check to cover living costs for the chicken.

The $500 will also include costs for survivor’s guilt counseling for the bird.

By the way, the chicken was named “Little Jerry Seinfeld” after the cockfighting rooster Kramer buys in a late-series Seinfeld episode. That episode aired over 15 years ago, by the way, which should make you feel pretty old.

  1. mybrunoblog - Jun 25, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    Yeah yeah it’s a cute story but let’s face it. The best place for a chicken is on my dinner table.

  2. craftylefty318 - Jun 25, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    My parents sent my dog to Farm Sanctuary in Watkins Glen when I was a kid. I was never allowed to go visit him though.

  3. number42is1 - Jun 25, 2012 at 10:20 AM

    21 whole minutes and noone made the obvious joke… so allow me..

    The red sox put in a bid for the chicken but lost out

    • bravojawja - Jun 25, 2012 at 10:37 AM

      The Mets already have a third baseman.

      • number42is1 - Jun 25, 2012 at 10:52 AM

        WELL DONE!

  4. bowwserr - Jun 25, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    This js genuine, non sarcastic honesty when I say this: Seinfeld was a terrible, awful, horrible show. Why it was allowed to stay on air so long is lost on me. But good Lord, it has to be one of the worst shows ever.

    • cleverbob - Jun 25, 2012 at 11:08 AM

      Now you’re just being contrarian for the sake of being contrarian.

    • sdelmonte - Jun 25, 2012 at 12:02 PM

      I wouldn’t go that far, but I never did care much for that show. I like Seinfeld as a comic and think Jason Alexander is quite talented. But I didn’t get the appeal of it.

      Better for the Mets to have called it Little Gob Bluth and done the Bluth Chicken Dance.

      • gloccamorra - Jun 25, 2012 at 2:45 PM

        A friend of mine had a dog he named “Boner”. The obvious name for a chicken is “Pecker”.

  5. Old Gator - Jun 25, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    E-Z Baked Chicken

    (1) Decapitate chicken. Wait for it to stop running around in circles like Tweeter waiting for a popup in short lett.

    (2) Pluck chicken, like American League hitters working the Feesh boolpen.

    (3) Season chicken with salt, pepper, herbs and crushed red pepper, like Slobbering Ozzie using “fookin'” as an article adjective.

    (4) Bake chicken at 375 degrees F. for two and a half hours, like the depiction of a manager whose team has gone 5-14 in June sitting on the vote-of-confidence hot seat on sports tawrk raydeeo in Macondo.

    (5) After eating, snatch the wishbone and pray for a trade for a middle-of-the-order contact hitting impact RBI guy.

    • heyblueyoustink - Jun 25, 2012 at 11:07 AM

      Want Polanco? He’s apparently a middle of the lineup contact hitter on this squad.

    • chumthumper - Jun 25, 2012 at 11:52 AM

      I’m thinking you gotta have a whole yard bird if you want a wishbone. You’d probably have a hard time finding one in a package of chicken pieces. They’re cut up all kinds of weird ways now days.

  6. fearlessleader - Jun 25, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    Happy for the chicken and happy to see Farm Sanctuary, which is a wonderful organization, getting some publicity.

  7. sdelmonte - Jun 25, 2012 at 12:04 PM

    Following Francisco’s injury, the chicken was offered a chance to be in the Mets bullpen. After all, he would get paid chicken feed.

  8. shaggytoodle - Jun 25, 2012 at 1:29 PM

    If Pedro Soriano was in that club house things wouldn’t have ended so well for that bird.

  9. The Rabbit - Jun 25, 2012 at 3:07 PM

    But Craig…How could you overlook the New York press headline? It was “Cluck You!”

    • jimbo1949 - Jun 25, 2012 at 5:24 PM

      Just goes to show you he has more class than the NY Post.
      The preceding was the very definition of a left handed compliment.

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