Mets’ Tim Byrdak Pitches For A Home Run Win For Chicken

by Sharon Nazarian - Big City Vegan on 5:42 pm

Chickens at Farm Sanctuary Animal compassion on display in baseball this week.  Met’s pitcher Frank Francisco called the New York Yankees “chickens” prior to last Friday night’s showdown where the Mets ended up winning 6-4.

After the remark, seems Mets player Tim Byrdak thought it would be funny to buy a chicken for the team and tell them the Yankees sent it over.  After acquiring one from Chinatown, the chicken ended up hanging out with the team in the clubhouse.  Byrdak named him “Little Jerry Seinfield” (Seinfeld fans will get the reference).

People joked about eating him but Byrdak is now trying to find a home for the chicken to avoid such a fate.

Farm Sanctuary reached out to him, offering to adopt Little Jerry Seinfeld so he will be able to live free from harm on their farm in Watkins Glenn, NY.

It’s so sweet that the chicken has been cared for since this happened.  The chef for the team Theresa Corderi did a little research on what chickens eat and then prepared a meal of oatmeal, berries and bread for Little Jerry.

Byrdok was quoted saying, “We’re trying to get him into 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 went to Twitter last night to try to have people help me, but a lot of people said they wanted to throw him in a KFC bucket. That wasn’t funny.”  He said he’d really rather not killing Little Jerry Seinfeld.

And in the end, how awesome, the Mets chicken is headed to Farm Sanctuary!  There will be a ceremony tonight at 6 p.m. outside of the Mets clubhouse.

Meredith Turner, spokesperson for Farm Sanctuary said “We’re so thrilled that this chicken will get to enjoy his days with the other chickens at Farm Sanctuary….He’s a very lucky bird, luckier than the rest of the market and the others who suffer. We couldn’t be more thrilled. Tim contacted us and made sure this bird would be able to enjoy the life that all chickens deserve.”

I think I’m officially a Mets fan!

It’s interesting that once people meet a farm animal and name him, it’s difficult to conceive of eating him/her.  It just always comes back to what I’ve been saying for a while now, since it came to me at Farm Sanctuary’s 25 Year Anniversary Gala, once you meet them, you can’t eat them.  

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