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Move Over Rally Monkey, Here Comes The Rally Chicken

Remember the Rally Monkey? The dancing monkey that turned into a cultural phenomenon while serving as the unofficial mascot of the Angels (back when they were simply from Anaheim) 2002 World Series run.

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Well, it looks like the Indians are trying to capture some of the same magic, as Tribe pitcher Justin Masterson trotted out a live chicken during Cleveland’s batting practice prior to last night’s game.

Originally intended as a joke towards pitcher Cody “Chicken Al” Allen, the chicken inspired a 6-4 Indians victory, keeping Cleveland within 3.5 games of an American League Wild Card Spot.

Allen, the inspiration for the team’s gimmick, pitched an inning and a third of scoreless relief while fanning two for his eighth hold of the season.

[MLB]