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The Indians had a live chicken in the outfield for batting practice

Sep 5, 2013, 8:23 AM EDT

Now that’s what I call a “foul –” [BAM!] [Lede writer hit over head with sledgehammer]

The Indians had a live chicken in the outfield during BP:


His name is Cody and was given to Cody Allen by Justin Masterson, who had a clubbie pick him up at a local far.

And, more importantly, the Indians won post-chicken. Which, because baseball players are the most superstitious people on the planet, means the chicken will be with the team for a while. And if they do and start losing: team dinner.

  1. nagrommit - Sep 5, 2013 at 8:29 AM

    Someone had a bit too much fun at the Great Geauga County Fair.

  2. antifreeze27 - Sep 5, 2013 at 8:34 AM

    If I were Cody Allen I would return that chicken to Cerrano ASAP. It must have escaped before it could be sacrificed.

    • jimbo75025 - Sep 5, 2013 at 1:17 PM

      Cerrano’s looking for some extra power for tonight. He’s looking to sacrifice a live chicken. Man, we can’t have people puking in the locker room before the game!

  3. chill1184 - Sep 5, 2013 at 8:34 AM

    Rally Chicken FTW!

  4. crispybasil - Sep 5, 2013 at 8:49 AM

    There’s a joke here somewhere about Francona and having chicken in the clubhouse.

    • drewzducks - Sep 5, 2013 at 9:09 AM

      Crispy or extra crispy ?

  5. churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Sep 5, 2013 at 8:52 AM

    Seriously, an Indians story and not one Major League quote? You’re slipping Craig.

    • aceshigh11 - Sep 5, 2013 at 9:22 AM


      C’mon…the Cerrano jokes just write themselves at this point.

      “Up your butt, Jobu.”

  6. dvo085 - Sep 5, 2013 at 9:00 AM

    At least now Cerrano can sacrifice the live chicken

  7. chaseutley - Sep 5, 2013 at 9:15 AM

    Either Pedro Cerrano was looking for some extra power for the night, or the Tribe called up the first baseman from the Durham Bulls. I hear he’s fighting with his girlfriend again.

  8. sophiethegreatdane - Sep 5, 2013 at 9:27 AM

    Craig, that’s a fowl joke for sure, but I’m here to egg you on. It’s a feather in your cap to scratch out a living while cooped up all day trying to be a hard-boiled news reporter. You can’t build a nest egg while walking on eggshells! If you wanna rule the roost in this business you can’t just wing it. You have to hatch an idea and see that mother clucker through to the breast of your abilities. No room for someone sitting around watching chick flicks, for sure.

    Oh well, no more yolking around. Time for me to get the flock outta here before someone caws me a bad egg.

  9. ptfu - Sep 5, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    Apparently the Famous (San Diego) Chicken was busy. Or maybe Justin Masterson’s clubbie misheard “A” chicken, and not “THE” chicken. Either way, it’s still a better mascot than Chief Wahoo.

  10. clearwall - Sep 5, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    They’d better not lose or Willy Mays Hayes is going to be getting sick in the clubhouse

  11. indaburg - Sep 5, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    Uh, has anyone seen chacochicken?

  12. Old Gator - Sep 5, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    Hide that chicken when the Beanbags come to town. If Josh Beckett sees it, it would be safer in Biafra.

    • Old Gator - Sep 5, 2013 at 9:46 AM

      Oh, heh heh….Dodgers too….

  13. janessa31888 - Sep 5, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    That looks more like a Codyna to me. Roosters can be very mean. Living on a farm, I have had several painful encounters with them. You don’t mess around with those guys.

    • Old Gator - Sep 5, 2013 at 9:57 AM

      Especially the ones with the little aluminum spurs strapped to their feet. Never visit a farm without a de-beaker in your pocket.

      Which reminds me of the story of the truck driver who’s tooling along one day and suddenly notices in his rear view mirror that there’s this chicken running along behind his truck. He looks at the speedometer and he’s doing 80. He looks back in his mirror and, yep, this chicken is keeping right up with him, running along the road. He speeds up to 90 and checks the mirror. Chicken’s keeping right up with him. Suddenly this chicken sticks out its left wing, pulls into the oncoming lane, passes the truck like it’s standing still and pulls back into the right lane ahead of the truck, then begins to accelerate and pull ahead. So this truck driver floors it and he can barely keep the chicken from pulling away from him. A few minutes later this truck driver sees a farm off to the right, and he sees this chicken execute a sharp right and go speeding down the dirt road to the farm. So this truck driver jams on the brakes and brings his rig to a screeching halt by the gate to the farm, jumps out of his cab and runs down the dirt road into the farmyard. There are chickens all over the place, all rocketing around and incredible speed – zoosh! Zoosh! Zoosh! Every so often a chicken pauses atop a fencepost or on the hog trough and this truck driver notices that they all have four legs! So he goes to the door of the farmhouse and rings the bell, and this farmer’s wife comes to the door and asks pleasantly what she can do for him. This truck driver says well, I was doing ninety down the road out there and one of your chickens passed me like I was standing still, and I followed it in here and I see you got all this fast four legged chickens, and I was kinda wondering what was going on. And the farmer’s wife says well, me and Hiram and our two kids, we all really like dark meat, so we bred these chickens with four legs to get more drumsticks out of ’em. And this truck driver shakes his head and says, wow, I guess that’s not a bad idea. Do they taste good? And the wife says, we don’t know, we ain’t been able to ketch one yet.

  14. roanboon - Sep 5, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    If this happened in New York or Philly ESPN could talk about it for an entire week.

  15. granadafan - Sep 5, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    Jobu demands a sacrifice.

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