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

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

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

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: 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”