Several of you have already seen this but I will put it up anyways.
Kyle Kendrick was a victim of one of the best pranks I have ever seen in professional sports. It was all set up the help of assistant general manager, the team manager, teammates and even the members of the media. Truly an awesome prank.
After the Phillies’ workout on Saturday, Ruben Amaro Jr. summoned Kendrick into manager Charlie Manuel’s office at Bright House Networks Field. With a straight face, the assistant general manager told his gullible pitcher that he’d been dealt to the Yomiuri Giants of the Japanese Central League for a player named “Kobayashi Iwamura.”
Kobayashi – for those of you who are not familiar with the name, is the name of the famous hot-dog eating champion from Japan and no such baseball player exists.
Here is what his manager had to say… “I would have loved to see him fly to Japan and get off the plane. That would have been the best. As a matter of fact, I would have paid his fare.”
What a prank indeed. If you want an official detailed article on what actually took place, an article from MLB.com is here.