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PostPosted: Sat 4/1/06 1:46 am    Post subject: Beware... Reply with quote

It's April Fool's Day!

Since we all have our favorite "jokers" among MLB players, I thought I'd share this very amusing article from mlb.com about some of the pranks that have been played over the years.

Click here to read, and meanwhile, don't get fooled today!

Also, the joke will be on YOU if you don't set your clock ahead one hour tonight.

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PostPosted: Sat 4/1/06 8:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That was great, L, thanks for posting the link.

How about if we each share a prank we've heard about that wasn't in the article?

One I remember from the Dodgers happened a few years ago (I think either 2000 or 2001). They were in Milwaukee and couldn't stay in their normal hotel because of a convention being hosted there, so they went to an older hotel. Some of the players told the others that the hotel was haunted, and Eric Gagne and Adrian Beltre went into panic mode. One of them kept changing rooms every night, and the other slept with a bat next to his bed. I believe it wasn't until some time after they left that the two found out it was just a big joke.
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PostPosted: Sun 4/1/07 12:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bumping this up again...

This time, I'll just warn you all, and although none of my postings today will be jokes Smile , I thought I would post excerpts from an article I recently ran across, to give you all a few chuckles.

It's a moldy oldie--from Sport Magazine, the September, 1978 issue.
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"Needling is More than Just Having Fun, to Rick Monday"

It has not been one of Rick Monday's better weeks. First he pulled a muscle in his right leg. Then he pulled a muscle in his left leg. When he finally returned to the lineup eight games later, he made two base-running errors, misjudged a fly ball, cost his team the game--and re-injured his left leg.

Nevertheless, as Monday walks into the Dodger clubhouse he looks and sounds anything but depressed--or even distressed. When reserve outfielder Vic Davalillo strides by, fresh from a close-cropped haircut that has left his ears protruding beneath his cap, Monday loudly announces: "Vic, you look like a Volkswagen with the doors open." Then Monday spots second baseman Davey Lopes wearing a massive ten-pound ice pack on his injured chest: "Hey, Lopes, I've seen tuna on less ice than that." Before Lopes can reply, Monday strikes again: "You ain't playing today, so I know the only reason you're here so early is to sneak up in the stands and stuff the All-Star ballot box with votes for yourself." Monday grabs a handful of fan mail, pretends the letters are All-Star ballots, and tucks several under his baseball cap so they can dangle over his ears and eyes. Then he affects a Lopes swagger and says, "This is how you go out on the field, Davey: 'Anyone not have an All-Star ballot? I just happen to have a couple of extras here." Monday passes around the "ballots."

...Monday strides out of the clubhouse. But a few minutes later he's back--watching pitcher Don Sutton practice putts on the clubhouse carpet. Sutton is concentrating mightily. He lines up his putt, starts to swing--and Monday drops a magazine three inches from the ball. Sutton discards his putter. Right fielder Reggie Smith picks it up and lines up the same putt. Everyone is quiet--until Monday mutters, "I hope all your trophies tarnish." Smith blows the putt.

Before his injuries, Rick Monday, an outstanding defensive centerfielder, had been leading the league in hitting, HRs and RBIs. Clearly he is as quick with a bat as he is with a needle. Monday is the Dodgers' resident wit, and on a team that does not exactly revere flamboyance or individualism (example, outfielder Bill North was ordered to shave off his beard the day he joined the Dodgers from the Oakland "A"s), Monday stands out like Mick Jagger at a Des Moines Rotary Club meeting.

For 33-year old Monday, such distinction is not unusual. He has never been your everyday face in the crowd. Tall, handsome and talented, he has been attracting attention ever since he was a teenage baseball star in the suburbs of Los Angeles.

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(Note: I'm not reprinting the article in its entirety, but after lauding his accomplishments with the Cubs and the Dodgers and covering the flag-saving incident, it continues):

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...Then Monday began to slump. His batting average and home run production fell off. But not his sense of humor. One day, he even burned the toes and soles out of the socks that reserve infielder Teddy Martinez wore to the ballpark. "They were mismatched", Monday says matter-of- actly. "That's against the rules. (Pitcher) Doug Rau is our official enforcer in those situations, but he was busy and I'm the 'DE' - 'Designated Enforcer.' " Monday pauses, then resumes in stentorian tones: " 'The Designated Human Torch.' "

It's the next-to-the-last day of May, and two injured Dodgers--Rick Monday and Reggie Smith--are watching an NBA playoff game on TV in the Dodgers clubhouse. A few minutes before their own game is scheduled to start, Monday gets a glint in his eye. "Bring me a pen and a piece of paper," he says to the clubhouse boy. The boy complies. Monday carefully prints a letter to be posted behind manager Tommy Lasorda's seat in the Dodger dugout:

"Dear Tommy,

I realize we are engaged in a great ballgame tonight, but I will be detained due to the NBA playoffs which are currently being shown on TV. In the event that I am needed prior to the completion of the basketball game, please send Davey Lopes...into the clubhouse to get me. Any requests for my services will require 20 minutes advance notice."

Monday signs the letter, "Reggie."

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Jay Johnstone and Rick Monday were the biggest practical jokers I remember from that era, from the Dodgers, although I know there were a few on several other teams around the majors, too.

Anyway, hope you enjoyed that one, and don't get fooled today!
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PostPosted: Tue 4/1/08 10:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Watching the Dodgers game tonight (my first of the season on the couch) Smile and seeing Rick Monday in the broadcast booth, I couldn't help but think of the above article, and thought I'd bump the thread before the clock strikes midnight and April Fool's Day officially ends, for those of you who may not have read about any of these pranks before. And, if anyone wants to share other examples (related to baseball players, teams or fans), please do so.

I called a Giants fan friend from Triple Crown and said to him, "Hey, Giants."

He replied, "What about them?"

I answered, "That's the April Fool word of the day."
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Of course, the Cubs could be great fodder here too.
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PostPosted: Wed 4/2/08 7:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gee, how ominous were my words. The mantra continues, as I found this article linked on MLB.com.

Quote:
In the meantime, the Cubs are leaving no stone unturned in their quest to make the next century more successful than the last one. The infield and outfield grass at Wrigley Field were completely replaced during the offseason as part of a drainage improvement project.

The more superstitious among the Cubs faithful are hoping that any bad karma that might have taken root during the last 100 years may have been thrown out with the old sod.

"I'm telling you, the new turf, [it means] a new era for the Cubs!" said Cubs fan Lee Keiser, as he waited in the rain to get to a bleacher seat. "This time we're going all the way!"


Now look at the date the column was filed.
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PostPosted: Tue 4/1/14 6:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Was searching around in the archives, and thought I would give this one a bump for the day. Smile

Cathy, if you want a good chuckle, remember this thread? LOL.
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PostPosted: Wed 4/2/14 5:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lol! Laughing
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PostPosted: Wed 4/1/15 12:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, another April Fool's Day has almost arrived.

Let's see what kind of pranks go on around spring training. Twisted Evil
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PostPosted: Fri 4/3/15 6:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now you know why I did not visit this forum on that day. Wink
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PostPosted: Sun 4/5/15 11:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Smile

I will say this, in past years I've noticed on baseball forums that a lot of jokesters think their own creative trades (supposedly confirmed) and/or injury reports (always on a key player/superstar) are appropriate on April Fool's Day. It shouldn't come as any surprise, I guess.

This year in particular, though, it was quite annoying to constantly see posts on various Dodger forums "reporting" that Clayton was placed on the DL--with seemingly legitimate links accompanying the posts (from the L.A. Times, dodgers.com, etc.)

However, if one were to click on the link and read closely, they'd have noticed that it was from this time in 2014, when for the first time in his career, Clayton was added to the disabled list, after the team's return from their opener in Australia--seemingly just a bump in the road en route to another phenomenal season.

At a certain point, those "fool's posts" got pretty old.

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PostPosted: Fri 4/1/16 5:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Happy April Fools Day!
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PostPosted: Sat 4/2/16 3:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

lol Laughing
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PostPosted: Sat 4/1/17 3:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

From MLB.com, the year in baseball pranks--Happy April Fools Day!
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PostPosted: Sat 4/1/17 5:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lol, those are some good ones. Loved the one about Kris! Did you see the quiz on the same page about what pranks to play on friends?

If you missed it - linked here
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PostPosted: Sat 4/1/17 11:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, Cath. They could be fun! Smile

One last share before the day ends--a great hoax played by a Long Beach newspaper in 1961.
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PostPosted: Sun 4/1/18 3:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Enough already with the "fake trade" scenarios.


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PostPosted: Sun 4/1/18 5:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My Padres fooled their fans. They were swept in their first series and decided to "take the day off" today!
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PostPosted: Mon 4/2/18 6:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Didn't they take all four days off? Razz

(Sorry.)
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PostPosted: Tue 4/3/18 3:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Evil or Very Mad

OK i guess that was called for, Lol.
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PostPosted: Mon 4/1/19 9:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

*sigh*

I'm beginning to think the Dodgers' bullpen is going to a joke for longer than just April Fools' Day. Rolling Eyes
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