Counsell, Donnelly share special bond
Former big leaguer forever known as 'The Chicken Man'
Craig Counsell will enter his role as a special advisor in the Brewers' front office having proved to be a consummate professional over parts of 16 seasons in the bigs. And he has the distinction of being part of two dramatic Game 7 rallies in the World Series.But Counsell holds a much more meaningful distinction to former Major League coach Rich Donnelly. To him, Counsell was, and forever is, "The Chicken." And while the nickname might sound silly, its significance to Donnelly and his family is anything but. "Craig is part of our family," Donnelly says. It's a family that lost a precious member far too soon, but has become spiritually strengthened by an event in 1997 that still, to this day, overwhelms those who hear about it. It's a story that, as Counsell himself says, "screams Disney movie." "Anybody I've ever told the story to ... they're blown away," Counsell says. "You can bring people to tears just by telling the story."
Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his columns and his blog, CastroTurf, and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.