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Teammates pull EPIC prank on Jeff Francoeur

There are good pranks. and there are great pranks. This one is a motherfucking amazing prank.

The guys on the Padres' Triple-A affiliate, the El Paso Chihuahuas, tricked MLB veteran Jeff Francoeur into thinking that teammate Jorge Reyes was deaf. And the kept the charade going for a month. All while Francoeur had no idea that he was being fooled. Amazing.

Via NY Daily News


Brandon Phillips gives his favorite wrestlers

When it comes to being a wrestling fan, Reds All-Star second baseman Brandon Phillips isn't new to this, he's true to this. asked Phillips about his wrestling fandom prior to Cincinnati's 2-1 win over the Mets at Citi Field on Sunday afternoon, just a few hours before Wrestlemania XXX in New Orleans.

Phillips, who went 2-for-4 on the afternoon, said that the Ultimate Warrior, Sting and Andre the Giant were among his early favorites growing up and that they helped mold him into a wrestling fan. He added that he was also a fan of Razor Ramon, the Undertaker and Stone Cold Steve Austin. No mention Daniel Bryan, who beat Triple H in one match and then went on to deafeat Randy Orton and Batista in a triple-threat match to become WWE champion for the first time on Sunday night.

"Wrestling man, it really saved the world," Phillips said. "It really kept a lot of kids off the streets and stuff like that. They always wanted to be like those guys. nWo was one of my favorite things, Hulk Hogan and all those guys -- I looked up to them and I always wanted to be one."

Phillips said that he would always wrestle with his brothers and would make rings out of old mattresses and ropes.



Brian Wilson shows off custom Air Jordan XIIs

Dodgers reliever Brian "The Beard" Wilson showed off his custom Air Jordan XII cleats to on Tuesday, and they're pretty amazing. The spikes, which Wilson wore during the Dodgers' two-game sweep of the D-backs over the weekend in Australia, fittingly feature kangaroos and koalas painted on them.

"They're Air Jordans, painted over -- and they're 2-0. You can't take that away," the three-time All-Star said of the cleats. They also feature "Sir Elton," which is the nickname Wilson has given his newest pitch, the knuckleball.

The 32-year-old Wilson, who didn't see any in-game action in Australia, is 0-0 with 4.15 ERA in 4 1/3 innings over five appearances this spring.



Twins Mascot catches a foul ball in his mouth


Check out the play made by Twins mascot, T.C., made on Tuesday in Fort Myers, Fla. where the Rays topped the Twinkies 11-3. What defensive prowess, just ingests the ball. Watch out Trevor Plouffe, T.C.  is coming for your job as Minnesota's starting third baseman.

Via @CorkGaines


K-Rod injures foot stepping on cactus

Here's one to add to the list of bazaar Spring Training accidents resulting in a player's injury: Brewers reliever Francisco Rodriguez injured his foot stepping on a cactus while walking outdoors barefoot.

Oh Frankie, you can't forget to put on your chancletas before going out. Despite the injury, the 32-year-old veteran righty is slated to make his Cactus League (fitting, huh?) debut on Thursday afternoon when the Brewers travel to Peoria, Ariz. to face the Padres.

"He took a lot out, but there's some more in there," Brewers skipper Ron Roenicke told "I don't think it's that big of a setback, but I imagine he's pretty sore today. I don't know if you guys have stepped on one, but you know how little some of the [spines] are? And they're in there for a while.

"I'm glad it wasn't a cholla. Those things are nasty, whew," Roenicke added.

Not sure how this accident could even happen. Maybe his girlfriend's dad who he beat up back when he was with the Mets threw it right in his path. Or perhaps K-Rod was just stumbling around drunk in the desert with no shoes. Whatever the case, it sounds very painful.

Also see: Rory's shot causes fan to jump into cactus