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Cleveland Indians Rally Behind Chicken Introduced at Batting Practice

DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 01:  Matt Aviles #4 of the Cleveland Indians celebrates after hitting a ninth inning grand slam scoring Jose Ramirez #62 Michael Brantley #23 and Matt Carson #7 during the game against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on September 1, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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Josh SchochAnalyst IIISeptember 5, 2013

MLB has quite a few superstitions floating around, but the Cleveland Indians have a new one with their rally chicken.

Cody the chicken was brought onto the field in Cleveland by pitcher Justin Masterson before the game, as the team practiced drills and took batting practice.

It's a, well, interesting day at Progressive Field. Yes, that is a live chicken in the outfield shagging flies. pic.twitter.com/fKTHeG5LIA

— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) September 4, 2013

Many players seemed won over by the chicken, including Cody Allen. The chicken was then given to Allen as a gift, and was dubbed Cody as well.

Cody the chicken was supplied by a clubhouse worker, and appears to be a good luck charm for the team, as the Indians went on to beat the Baltimore Orioles 6-4.

Indians beat writers Jordan Bastian of MLB.com and Pat McManamon of FOX Sports covered Cody the chicken and his exploits, and got some great quotes from players and coaches about the magical night.

Ryan Raburn might have been the most excited player on the team to see Cody the chicken on the field, and after winning the game he had a full-blown chicken-crush.

Indians' Ryan Raburn, on the #RallyChicken: "We're going to have to get him his own locker, I guess."

— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) September 5, 2013

Raburn, on chicken: "He was in here after the game. Everybody had to give him high-fives. If we keep rolling he's going to be here a while."

— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) September 5, 2013

Manager Terry Francona was happy his team won, but his superstitions concerning farm animals are limited.

If the Indians lost today? What might've happened to the chicken? "He wasn't going to be dinner," Francona assured.

— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) September 5, 2013

Francona: "I'm pretty OK with, as long as we win, whatever it takes. But I don't know about farm animals."

— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) September 5, 2013

What's more, Francona was concerned that PETA would come after him if anything happened to Cody.

Francona: "That chicken is going to be returned safely. I don't need anybody from -- what is it, OSHA? PETA? It's going to be returned."

— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) September 5, 2013

It wouldn't be the first time we've seen PETA interfere with animals in MLB this season. Back in July the organization tried to have the live rays in Tampa Bay released.

It seemed like everyone loved Cody, and he was the talk of the town after the game.

Joe Smith to writers: You really want to talk to me? Writers: We want to talk about the chicken. Smith: Oh ... OK I'll talk. #Indians

— PatMcManamon (@PatMcManamon) September 5, 2013

Rich Hill as Cody Allen talked baseball: "Bwaak, bwaak-bwaak-bwaak!" #Indians #rallychicken

— PatMcManamon (@PatMcManamon) September 5, 2013

Francona on whether chicken spent game in bullpen (it didn't): "I don't think I want to know." #Indians

— PatMcManamon (@PatMcManamon) September 5, 2013

The way to know that you're a celebrity these days is not from your press clippings or seeing the paparazzi following you. You know you're a star when you're trending on Twitter and have a fake account made for you on Twitter.

Cody the chicken achieved both of these on Wednesday, as the hashtag #RallyChicken was trending on Twitter during the game, and this account was made in his honor.

Cody the chicken has officially become a star, and he is the most famous chicken in the world right now.

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