After Met reliever Frank Francisco (whose command of English isn’t the best) caused a stir when he labeled the Yankees chickens (as in they’re always squawking NOT they’re cowards), teammate Tim Byrdak bought a live chicken in Chinatown for $8 and let it loose in the Mets clubhouse Friday and told Francisco the Yankees sent it.
Byrdak named the chicken Little Jerry Seinfeld after Kramer's cockfighting chicken on "Seinfeld." Little Jerry ran around the clubhouse during pregame Friday, before Francisco closed out a 6-4 win in the Subway Series opener.
Then came the moment of truth; what to do with the chicken! Jason Bay said. "You can't just put it out on Roosevelt Avenue." The chicken spent Friday night in a cage at Citi Field.
Byrdak hoped to get the bird to “a chicken sanctuary or somewhere where he can rest comfortably for the rest of his life and not worry about a deep fryer or an oven," Byrdak said “I'd rather not kill Little Jerry Seinfeld," Then Sunday, news came that Farm Sanctuary in Watkins Glen, agreed to take Little Jerry.
When Byrdak was asked if he’d ever pay Little Jerry Seinfeld a visit he said "we're hopefully gonna have a web cam set up so people can take a look at Little Jerry all the time…[she's] a celebrity now."
Byrdak said the Mets plan to get a rubber chicken to replace Little Jerry Seinfeld when she leaves.
When Byrdak was asked Saturday if the practical joke was really worth it, he replied "of course it's worth it, we scored five in the first yesterday!"