Mets reliever Tim Byrdak has been known for his antics. From Little Jerry the Chicken to the spring training Hulk Hogan, the 39-year old always finds a way to keep the mood light.
Sunday at Citi Field, prior to the Amazin’s series finale and eventual 12th inning walk-off win, Byrdak was headed to the clubhouse after batting practice. As he walked down the right field line, a number of young autograph seekers beckoned his name.
Most ballplayers will either put their head down and trot into the tunnel or silently sign and depart; but not Byrdak. Approaching the dugout, Byrdak gazes upon an assembling crowd through his sunglasses with his hands on his hips.
“Alright,” said Byrdak, holding up four fingers as he leans on the railing. “I’m only going to sign four autographs. Hmmm.”
He inspects the line of 11,12,13 and 14-year olds, then pointing at each one individually.
“No, no, no, no, no and no… Okay see ya!” He says with a grin.
Byrdak then proceeds to ask each of the kids their age,...