Gallery | Rooster serves as groundskeeper at State College of Florida

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pvidela@bradenton.comFebruary 24, 2014 

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Sometimes you can find him under the bleachers or foraging around the parking lot. Other times you hear him before you see him, with his occasional crowing serving as a reminder there's an unusual new keeper of the grounds at State College of Florida's Robert C. Wynn Field. For fans of the Manatees baseball team, his presence does not go unnoticed. Fans will seek him out during SCF home games, feeding him bits of popcorn or sunflower seeds from the concession stands. And when the Manatees score a run, some teammates will superstitiously credit the "Rally Rooster" for their turn of good fortune. Up in the press box, he's a frequent topic of conversation. A host of names have been debated by fans and detractors of the rooster -- mostly in jest, such as, "Seacow," or even, "Lars." Stories of the rooster's mysterious origins vary, but most folks generally agree he appeared around winter break. Some have tried to chase the interloper away, but he just keeps on coming back. In 2011, the American Baseball Coaches Association named Robert C. Wynn Field as the College Field of the Year. For this bird, perhaps the grass actually is greener on his side of the fence.

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Sometimes you can find him under the bleachers or foraging around the parking lot. Other times you hear him before you see him, with his occasional crowing serving as a reminder there's an unusual new keeper of the grounds at State College of Florida's Robert C. Wynn Field.

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