GS: I don't think any agricultural animal understands winning, except maybe racehorses. Certainly cows don't. Certainly chickens don't. Maybe survival, but not competition.
SI: You once compared pitcher Hideki Irabu to a toad. Ever likened one of your players to a chicken?
GS: Everyone has his own level of courage, tolerance and pain. I'd never call any player a chicken.
SI: How about Chicken Stanley, a Yankees shortstop in the '70s?
GS: Fred Stanley came to the team with that name, and he was anything but chicken. I'd take a guy with Chicken Stanley's heart any day.