Humor of Byrdak takes wing

Mets reliever pitcher Tim Byrdak runs around the Mets reliever pitcher Tim Byrdak runs around the field dressed as Hulk Hogan. (Feb. 28, 2012) Photo Credit: Newsday/Alejandra Villa

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Tim Byrdak channeled his inner Pedro Cerrano on Friday.

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It wasn't a straight steal off the movie "Major League," but the Mets reliever did bring a live chicken into the clubhouse before the start of the Subway Series' second installment. He felt it was the perfect way to play off Frank Francisco calling the Yankees "chickens." He even named the bird that was purchased for him for $8 in Chinatown: Little Jerry Seinfeld.

"I told him the Yankees sent it over for him and he had a little look of concern on his face," Byrdak said Saturday. "Then he said, 'You bought it.' I said, 'Yeah, I bought it.' So everyone got a chuckle out of it. He ran around here for a little bit. He's resting comfortably now in a very secure place, so if anybody has a chicken farm or a petting zoo or somewhere nice we can get him, I'd rather not kill Little Jerry Seinfeld.

"[We're] trying to get him to a chicken sanctuary for the rest of his life and not worry about a deep fryer."

Seeing a live chicken cluck around on the carpet -- Byrdak also posted a short video on Twitter -- was a new one for Terry Collins. In all his years around baseball, he's never seen anything like it.

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"I did my best to stay out of the clubhouse Saturday when they were trying to pull the gag on Frankie," the manager said, adding a big laugh. "It was pretty funny . . . But once again, it keeps the clubhouse loose in an intense situation."

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