Video: Chicken sacrifice precedes Nats Game 4 victory

After suffering blowout losses in games 2 and 3 of the National League Division Series playoffs, Nats fan and “Rubber Chicken Man” Hugh Kaufman announced his plans to sacrifice a chicken at Nationals Park before Thursday’s Game 4. Apparently, it worked. The videos below show Kaufman leading a crowd including two stilt walkers (!) in … Continue reading Video: Chicken sacrifice precedes Nats Game 4 victory

After two blowout losses in playoffs, fans plan chicken sacrifice Thursday at Nationals Park

Longtime readers and serious Nats fans are familiar with Hugh Kaufman, aka Rubber Chicken Man.  Kaufman is best known for the signs he displays from his seats behind the Nationals Park home dugout, but more significantly, he has been sacrificing rubber chickens to break various Washington Nationals’ strings of bad luck since 2005. The ritual has … Continue reading After two blowout losses in playoffs, fans plan chicken sacrifice Thursday at Nationals Park

Gio Gonzalez: “Chicken Mode is my area of expertise”

Long before pitcher Gio Gonzalez made his first start for the Washington Nationals, he spotted two fans outside the Nationals spring training complex in Viera, Florida, wearing Chicken Mode t-shirts. Lacking any context, the phrase nonetheless spoke to the Nat’s happy-go-lucky new pitcher. “Chicken Mode?,” Gio called out. “Yeah, we’ve got too much Beast Mode … Continue reading Gio Gonzalez: “Chicken Mode is my area of expertise”

Davey Johnson calls for the sacrifice. Chicken Man delivers.

After Monday night’s game vs. the San Diego Padres, Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson was asked whether the already injury-riddled team was snakebitten after losing two catchers in just three days. “There’s been superstitions, to change our luck and do different kinds of things,” he said. “Sacrifice a chicken or something. I mean, you know, … Continue reading Davey Johnson calls for the sacrifice. Chicken Man delivers.