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September 6th, 2013

chickens in the outfield

Originally published at Faith Seeking Understanding. You can comment here or there.

This story is just so… Cleveland. Not just the story itself, but the way it’s reported as if it actually matters.

Some teams have angels in their outfield, while others have chickens.

Indians starter Justin Masterson, who “got the chicken from the father of a friend of a friend,” presented the bird to reliever Cody “Chicken Al” Allen on Wednesday. It didn’t take long before the team started calling the chicken Cody, too.

We suspect Masterson’s prank was a reference to the movie Major League, in which the fictional Indians outfielder Pedro Cerrano believes sacrificing a chicken will help him win an important game. (Don’t worry — his teammates picked up some KFC instead.)

Even manager Terry Francona came out as pro-chicken.

“I actually love it,” he told MLB.com. “They’re trying to have fun, and that’s the best way to be a good team. It doesn’t mean we’re not taking what we’re doing seriously, because we really do. But yeah, I think it’s a good way to come to the ballpark laughing. It’s a good atmosphere.”

The “Rally Chicken” proved a powerful good luck charm — Cleveland clucked its way to a 6-4 win over the Orioles, clinching their series.

At the end of the day, what can you say? Go Tribe.

And, as I can’t see anything without apparently thinking of House these days, this totally cracks me up:

As much as this sequence has going for it, it’s the last bit that gets me. The white chicken is just so clearly, obviously fake…

On a completely unrelated note, I’ve been playing around with the idea for a House fic, a House-Wilson friendship piece built around the “House vs. God” episode in I think season 02. Problem is RL is extremely busy just now. But I do have a few scribbled notes.

On the off-chance anyone knows of any good House fanworks, I wouldn’t say no….

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  • 5 Dec 2020, 12:53
    PM me your address. I have a card set aside for you, but need name and address to get it going.

    - Erulisse (one L)
  • 5 Dec 2020, 12:04
    What a lovely idea!
  • 4 Dec 2020, 17:56
    Mmmm, ginger snapses!
  • 4 Dec 2020, 17:37
    I don't send out cards anymore, but I was drooling over all the pop-up ones Amazon had and wondering if it might not be time to resume the tradition (I decided no).

    Not much help in the Hallmark…
  • 25 Nov 2020, 14:52
    That's great! Happy Thanksgiving to you and thanks for the marching, musical cats. LOL

    - Erulisse (one L)
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