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SNY crew takes yellow parakeet under its wing

The New York Mets, including leftfielder Yoenis Cespedes,

The New York Mets, including leftfielder Yoenis Cespedes, center, celebrate their 3-0 win against the Colorado Rockies in a baseball game at Citi Field on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015. Photo Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

The Mets aren't the only ones flying high at Citi Field.

A bright yellow parakeet caused quite a stir at the ballpark and on TV Wednesday night during the Mets' 3-0 win over the Colorado Rockies.

The bird was spotted by the SNY cameras as it perched on the screen behind home plate. At one point, announcer Keith Hernandez said, "To heck with the field. Put the camera on the parakeet."

At another point, the bird was spending so much time around the TV booth that Hernandez said, "I think he wants to be a broadcaster."

For a few innings, the Mets announcers could not stop chirping about it.

On Twitter, it led to the hashtag #rallyparakeet. And the parakeet quickly had its own Twitter account.

The announcers also noticed that Mets leftfielder Yoenis Cespedes was wearing a bright yellow elbow sleeve on his left arm and compared the color with that of the parakeet.

"I knew there was a bird on the field," Cespedes said after hitting his first home run as a Met. "I wanted to look like the bird."

This isn't the first time this season the Mets have had an encounter with the animal kingdom. On July 26, a baby raccoon was found in the team's weight room before a game against the Dodgers. The Mets said they had an exterminating company capture the raccoon and release it into the wild.

A Mets spokesman said he was unaware of what happened to the parakeet.

Extra bases

Lucas Duda (stiff back) sat for the second straight night . . . Terry Collins took an unsolicited jab at former Met Jordany Valdespin when asked about Juan Uribe's professionalism. "It's too bad Jordany Valdespin can't watch this guy play." Valdespin was recently released by Miami's Triple-A team.


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