by Dan Morris
Sun Sports Editor
here for a picture
sell-out crowd of 6,000 was in a fowl mood Saturday night at Pringles
The Famous Chicken from San Diego
had fans laughing from the get-go with crazy antics and high-energy
stunts during the Diamond Jaxx's game against the Birmingham Barons.
"He's wonderful, really entertaining,"
said Amy Fuller of Camden. She was seeing her first Jaxx game
with sons Tad, 9, and Matthew, 5.
"The Chicken was a big reason we
came, but we'll definitely be back," she said.
Tad liked the part where The Chicken "showed the pictures. "
Ted Giannoulas, the 5-foot-4 joker
inside The Chicken costume, got his biggest laugh while coaching
first base during the bottom of the second inning. To distract
the Barons, he unrolled a poster of a scantilly clad beauty and
showed it to the Birmingham infielders.
Jaxx third baseman John Cotton
promptly singled up the middle. Then The Chicken showed a poster
of a scantilly clad, overweight lady.
The crowd was roaring, but the
Jaxx couldn't score. The baby chickens came next. Dressed like
the famous mascot,
a crew of 5-year olds followed
him onto the field and tried to repeat his every move, like swatting
the Baron's catcher on the rear as they waddled by between innings.
"I liked walking around like The
Chicken," said Elvin Bernard Ewell Jr. , 5, of Jackson. "I was
having fun. "
So was Tyler McCall, 5, of Milan.
"I liked flapping my wings the
best," he said.
Jaxx president David Hersch liked
the fifth sell-out of the season the best. NBA player Tony Delk
of Brownsville was even among the fans.