Jose Alvarado is creating rotisserie chickens out of towels in the bullpen and dugout, which is exactly what the Phillies need to get back on track this summer
Last year when the Philadelphia Phillies were in San Diego, bullpen coach Dave Lundquist taught Jose Alvarado how to create a rotisserie chicken out of towels. Now it’s become a tradition after the Phillies hit a home run.
You might have caught a few glimpses of the towel-chickens on the Phillies’ broadcast lately, and the popular Twitter account Absolutely Hammered has been all over it trying to find more information.
Jose Alvarado making Rotisserie Towel-Chickens
Their requests to Alex Coffey from the Philadelphia Inquirer were finally answered, and in a recent article on The Inky, she got to the bottom of the towel-chickens.
“After each home run, I make the chicken and hang it up,” Alvarado said. “I make them in the bullpen. It’s something different after home runs. After home runs, the batters usually wave to us in the bullpen as they round second base, but sometimes they forget. So I wanted to do something they wouldn’t forget.”
“It’s one of the many crafts he’s mastered,” Lundquist said. “He’s working on a lot of things.”
Tonight’s starter in San Francisco, Connor Brogdon had this to say on the new bullpen tradition.
“I was like dang, that’s pretty impressive how close it resembles an actual chicken,” said Connor Brogdon.
Seranthony Dominguez, huge fan of chickens said the following.
“It’s fun,” said Seranthony Domínguez. “I like the chickens.”
Alvarado, who’s currently on the 15-Day Injured List with left elbow inflammation has brought his towel-chickens to the Phillies’ dugout over the weekend in Colorado.
“The boys are hungry. They are always looking to make sure I keep the chicken well cooked,” Alvarado said on Sunday. “[Josh] Harrison is always very hungry. He was hungry yesterday, so I had to cook a second chicken.”
Alvarado glanced over at Harrison in the clubhouse.
“Hey Harry, you hungry today?” Alavardo asked.
“Give me dos horas [two hours],” Harrison said. “Mucho hambre [I’m very hungry].”
“I need to make more chicken today,” Alvarado said.
“Today? Mother’s Day? I tell you what,” Alvarado said. “Today, we get three chickens.”
I absolutely love this. Shoutout to the AH Pod and Alex Coffey for shedding light on this amazing development.
We have seen countless numbers of different home run props and other team-based celebrations throughout the MLB this season but no one is out there doing handmade arts and crafts like Jose Alvarado with his towel-chickens.
I would expect to see towel-chickens all over the stands at Citizens Bank Park in the near future. Hang them from the balconies in the upper levels at CBP for all I care. The more towel-chickens the better.
The Phillies are back in action tonight in San Francisco. Connor Brogdon will get the start instead of Bailey Falter.