The Chicken Runs at Midnight

My daughter and I share countless inside jokes and greatly enjoy teasing each other. That was my first thought when I read about Amy Donnelly’s question to her dad in this article for espn.com by Tim Kurkjian. Amy Donnelly’s story does not have a happy ending . . . and yet there is hope in this story, and peace, and joy, and much, much love.

Amy Donnelly

When then-Pirates third base coach Rich Donnelly would crouch down, cup his hands and shout to the runner on second base, his daughter, Amy, once asked him, “Dad, what are you yelling to the runner, ‘The chicken runs at midnight’?” The statement had no origin, no specific meaning, yet became a buzz phrase in the Donnelly home, and among the Pirates. When Pittsburgh second baseman Jose Lind ran on the field before a game in 1992, a microphone caught him yelling to teammates, “Let’s go, the chicken runs at midnight!”

Amy Donnelly was diagnosed with a brain tumor in spring training 1992. She died nine months later at age 18. Four years later, the Marlins won the World Series, and it was third base coach Rich Donnelly who waved home Craig Counsell with the winning run in the 11th inning of Game 7. Counsell was nicknamed “The Chicken” in the Donnelly house because he flapped his left elbow as he got ready for the pitch to be delivered. As Counsell crossed the plate, and bedlam followed at Dolphin Stadium, Tim Donnelly, one of Amy’s younger brothers, looked at the clock on the scoreboard. He screamed at his brother, Mike, who also was a bat boy that night. Then they screamed to their dad, Rich Donnelly.

“Dad, look at the time! Look at the time!”

Rich Donnelly looked at the scoreboard clock. It was midnight. The chicken runs at midnight.

“It’s a true story, you hear it and you can’t believe it happened, but it happened,” said Counsell, who is a utility infielder for the Brewers 13 years after scoring the winning run in the ’97 Series. “I’ve said that someone should make a movie out of this story, that’s how amazing it is. Anyone who hears it is moved by it. I get chills every time I think about it.”

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