Found June 24, 2012 on Larry Brown Sports:
Before this weekend’s Subway Series, Mets closer Frank Francisco notably called the Yankees a bunch of “chickens.” It was funny because it’s such a childlike insult. Everybody had a good laugh about it (see the New York Post’s take on it here), especially Francisco’s own teammates. After the quote started getting attention, Mets reliever Tim Byrdak paid $8 for a chicken on Friday and presented it to Francisco saying it was a gift from the Yankees. When the closer started fuming, Byrdak revealed the prank and all was good. But rather that give the bird away or turn it into supper, the Mets kept the bird around in the clubhouse, and they had a new mascot in “Little Jerry.” Fans of “Seinfeld” ought to get the reference. Leave it to a bunch of jocks to give a chicken a guy’s name. “Of course he’s worth it,” Byrdak said after Friday’s win over the Yanks. “We scored five in the first.” But after Saturday’s loss, it appears maybe the Mets think Little Jerry’s luck has run out (e

Frank Francisco Calls the Yankees Chickens

Yanks= Chickens and Whiners? What the Cluck?

Mets put Francisco on disabled list

New York Mets closer Frank Francisco was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Sunday because of a strained left oblique. Francisco sustained the injury while pitching in the ninth inning on Friday. Mets manager Terry Collins said Bobby Parnell will be the team's closer in Francisco's absence. Francisco, who is 1-3 with a 4.97 ERA, is 18 for 21 in save situations this season.

Yanks aren't about to play chicken with Francisco

Derek Jeter looked at the front page of a tabloid, the one that had a composite photo of his smiling face atop a chicken's body and the headline ''Cluck You!'' He just shook his head. ''What happened?'' Jeter asked. What happened was that Mets closer Frank Francisco told the New York Post this week, ''I can't wait to face those chickens...

Mets vs. Yankees: The cluck stops here

Squawker Lisa, what happened to your jinx when we went to Friday night's Subway Series game? Did you "misremember" it, to use a word associated with last night's losing pitcher?And after your criticism of Ike Davis for hoping the Mets could just get a victory, Ike had as much to do with anyone as to why the Mets got the win, with his three-run homer.As much as I...

'Little Jerry Seinfeld' Chicken Given New Home by Mets Players

Shortly after Frank Francisco made waves in the baseball community for calling the New York Yankees "chickens," reliever Tim Byrdak sent a clubhouse attendant into Chinatown to buy one for the Mets to have as a joke. Now "Little Jerry Seinfeld," as Byrdak christened the unofficial mascot, has a new home at Farm Sanctuary in Watkins Glen, N.Y., according to ESPN...

Francisco closes out Mets' win over Yankees

NEW YORK -- Despite a shaky ninth, Frank Francisco's chickens didn't come home to roost. After ruffling some feathers with his pre-game comments calling the New York Yankees "chickens," the Mets' closer earned his 18th save of the season to finish off the Mets' first Subway Series win in four games this season. Francisco -- who had bragged to the New...

Bring back the chicken! Mets' (c)luck runs out

Everything went right Friday night. Ike Davis' homer made it over the wall. Frank Francisco's chicken comments did not come back to haunt him. Squawker Lisa was at Citi Field and the Mets still won.Then Davis came down with a mysterious illness, Francisco went on the DL and Lisa and I returned to Citi Field on Sunday only to find ourselves in a section (507) with way too...

Mets' chicken 'Little Jerry Seinfeld' sent down to farm

The New York Mets have retired "Little Jerry Seinfeld"— the chicken whose 15 minutes of fame has come to pass— and will send him from the big leagues down to the farm. The clucking good luck charm will not end up as someone's feather duster or Josh Beckett's mid-game locker room snack after the bird was handed over at Citi Field to an upstate New York animal...

Media Advisory: World Famous Met Chicken to arrive in Watkins Glen this afteroon

Note to Media: World famous Met mascot chicken, Little Jerry Seinfeld, is expected to arrive today at the Farm Sanctuary in Watkins Glen between noon and 2 p.m.Little Jerry will pose for photographs and address the media briefly before meeting with Farm Sancutary officials to discuss protocols for his rehab. Media are urged to arrive early for security scan and proper credentials.

Why Mets juju doesn't work

The Mets’ good-luck clubhouse chicken was sent down to the farm yesterday after the Amazin’s lost to the Yanks Saturday — but the move didn’t help last night.The brassy bird — dubbed “Little Jerry Seinfeld” — was handed over at Citi Field yesterday to a rep from an upstate animal sanctuary by zany Mets reliever Tim Byrdak, who bought the fowl as a prank Saturday...
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