Dusty Baker Is Unoriginal

You may recall early in 2008 the Phillies played a prank on Kyle Kendrick. Charlie Manuel told him that they had traded him to the Yomiuri Giants in Japan for a player named Kobayashi Iwamura. Kendrick fell for it pretty hard before Brett Myers, the brains of the operation (imagine that), screamed “You just got Punk’d!” in his face in front of a crowd of reporters who guffawed at the young right-hander.

Direct link to YouTube video

Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker decided to play a similar prank on journeyman reliever Arthur Rhodes before telling him that the lefty had made the All-Star team. Per Yahoo! Sports:

Arthur Rhodes recently got summoned to manager Dusty Baker’s office for the news: The Cincinnati Reds were trading him to the New York Mets.

It was a joke. Yet, the way his journeyman career has gone, Rhodes believed it. And why not?

“He already had the team picked out,” Rhodes said. “I was a little emotional.”

Then Baker gave Rhodes the real message. He was going to a new team, all right—his first All-Star team, at age 40.

Zero points for originality, Dusty. But the prank never gets old. I would give the prank a 6 out of 10 rating, but there was no video to accompany it, so I’ll give it a 4.

Although picking the New York Mets as a destination may be a low blow. Any trade to the Mets should be accompanied with a prescription for anti-depressants.

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  1. Lou

    July 15, 2010 09:32 AM

    Why would a trade to a team that’s 8 games over .500 at the all-star break be such a low blow? They may not be winning the division right now, but its not like Dusty said he was traded to the Pirates or something.

  2. GeddyLeeIsGod

    July 15, 2010 10:12 AM

    Uh…being traded to the Mets is an honor, not a disgrace. Whoever thought up this little ‘prank’ is clearly retarded. The Mets are having themselves a very nice season, surprising many fans and journalists who wrote them off before Opening Day, and much to the chagrin of the Mets-hating contingent. Rhodes wishes he was lucky enough to pitch in New York City, in a Mets uniform. No one cares about Cincinnati or the Reds. Have fun in first place while you can before the Cardinals come knocking on your door.


  3. bg

    July 15, 2010 10:30 AM

    Why would I buy the trade deadline primer when I just read on Rob Neyer’s blog that you think Dobbs should be DFA’ed because Mayberry has been “performing well” at AAA? Where did you get that from? Mayberry has been terrible!

  4. Steve-O-

    July 16, 2010 01:56 AM

    I concur bg. Mayberry has been terrible and is getting past the point of even being a 4A player let alone on an MLB roster. His line thus far:
    .248/.315/.403 for an OPS of 718. Also 77 K’s in 310 AB’s.

    Dobbs needs to go but I hardly consider Mayberry a big difference maker.

  5. Bill Baer

    July 16, 2010 02:36 AM

    For the record, that blurb on Mayberry was written at the beginning of June, before his injury.

    OPS by month:

    April: .867
    May: .814
    June: .557
    July: .457

    I’m not sure why Rob Neyer picked that blurb, especially since he never contacted me about it. I would guess that it is because he is not too familiar with the Phillies organization.

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