Byrdak brings live chicken into clubhouse

June, 23, 2012
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In the wake of Frank Francisco's comments about the Yankees being chickens, practical joker Tim Byrdak apparently decided to have some fun.

Byrdak revealed via Twitter that he bought a live chicken in Chinatown. He then shared video of the bird inside the Mets' clubhouse at Citi Field. He confirmed to ESPNNewYork.com the authenticity of his practical joke.

Of course, Byrdak now needs to find a home for the chicken.

"Does anyone live on a farm that could take a chicken off my hands?" Byrdak pleaded. "Don't want to see him get whacked. Please help."

Byrdak is no stranger to practical jokes.

He dressed as a Hulk Hogan lookalike one day this spring training, complete with bleached handlebar mustache, blond receding-hairline wig, do-rag and pro-wrestler tights.

His proudest achievement, though, in keeping a clubhouse mood light occurred two years earlier with the Houston Astros. Byrdak parked teammate Bud Norris' four-door 1996 Acura on the warning track in center field for batting practice at Minute Maid Park, placed a bull's-eye on the windshield and posted a "For Sale" sign on the vehicle.
Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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