Video: Fans sacrifice rubber chicken outside Nationals Park in advance of pivotal NLDS playoff game 4

After Monday’s come-from-behind victory by the Chicago Cubs over the Washington Nationals in the National League Division Series playoffs, fans gathered outside Nationals Park in Washington at noon Tuesday to try to do their part to exorcise the team’s playoff demons. Nationals fan “Rubber Chicken Man” Hugh Kaufman led the ancient kaporos ritual as he …

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After 2-1 playoff loss, fans plan chicken sacrifice Tuesday outside Nationals Park

For the first time in more than two years, there will be a chicken sacrifice at Nationals Park. Longtime readers are familiar with the ritual performed by Hugh Kaufman, aka the Washington Nationals’ “Rubber Chicken Man,” whenever the team has run into a string of bad “juju.” “There hasn’t been a chicken sacrifice in the … Continue reading After 2-1 playoff loss, fans plan chicken sacrifice Tuesday outside Nationals Park

Fans plan public chicken sacrifice for 5:00pm Tuesday at Nationals Park

Fans showing up to Nationals Park two hours before first pitch Tuesday night will get a little extra for their money. Hugh Kaufman, aka the Nationals’ “Rubber Chicken Man,” will be leading a group of fans through the Kaporos ritual outside the centerfield gate, sacrificing a rubber chicken to “ward off the bad juju” that has … Continue reading Fans plan public chicken sacrifice for 5:00pm Tuesday at Nationals Park

Video: Fans sacrifice rubber chicken, burn sage outside Nationals Park in advance of Game 3

As the Washington Nationals arrive in San Francisco with their backs to the wall in the National League Division Series playoffs, fans back home have taken matters into their own hands. Longtime Nats fan and self-titled “Rubber Chicken Man” Hugh Kaufman led a group of 14 fans in an impromptu gathering outside Nationals Park on … Continue reading Video: Fans sacrifice rubber chicken, burn sage outside Nationals Park in advance of Game 3

Nats fans plan rubber chicken sacrifice for 5pm Sunday outside Nationals Park

Following Saturday’s epic 18-inning game 2 loss to the San Francisco Giants, a chicken will be sacrificed at 5pm today in front of the Nationals Park Center Field Gate. Longtime readers know that since 2005, Nationals fan “Rubber Chicken Man” Hugh Kaufman has sacrificed rubber chickens to “get rid of the bad juju” whenever the … Continue reading Nats fans plan rubber chicken sacrifice for 5pm Sunday outside Nationals Park

After Memorial Day loss, fans plan chicken sacrifice Tuesday at Nationals Park

Led by self-styled “Rubber Chicken Man” Hugh Kaufman, Nationals fans will sacrifice a rubber chicken at noon Tuesday outside the Nationals Park centerfield gate. Despite outscoring opponents over the last eight games, the Nationals have won only two of those contests, and find themselves with a losing record after Monday’s 3-2 loss to the Miami … Continue reading After Memorial Day loss, fans plan chicken sacrifice Tuesday at Nationals Park

Video: Fans sacrifice a chicken, presidents race runs backwards to end Nats losing streak

With the Washington Nationals coming off a 4-game losing streak, and the red hot Cincinnati Reds coming to town, fans, players, and team officials alike pulled out all the stops Thursday to exorcise whatever demons were plaguing the team. At high noon in front of the Nationals Park center field gate, fans gathered as the … Continue reading Video: Fans sacrifice a chicken, presidents race runs backwards to end Nats losing streak

Chicken sacrifice planned for noon Thursday at Nationals Park

In an effort to break the team’s losing streak, Washington Nationals “Rubber Chicken Man” Hugh Kaufman will perform a ritual sacrifice of a rubber chicken in front of the Nationals Park center field gate at noon on Thursday. Kaufman has performed the ritual many times since 2005, whenever he determines that the Nationals have hit … Continue reading Chicken sacrifice planned for noon Thursday at Nationals Park

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

Video: Today’s Chicken Sacrifice at Nationals Park

Earlier today, we shared the full story of the chicken sacrifice at Nationals Park, performed by “Rubber Chicken Man” Hugh Kaufman in response to the team’s recent string of injuries. Here now is the video chronicle, including notes on how to make a rubber chicken kosher, bonus theories about Ozzie Guillen’s voodoo dolls, and The … Continue reading Video: Today’s Chicken Sacrifice at Nationals Park

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.