Via Peter Abraham -
After a brief workout today, Torre gathered the team at home plate for a base-running drill. He had Doug Mientkiewicz and Brett Gardner race to second, with Gardner going around third and Minky around first. As they started, the entire team walked off the field laughing. It was just a prank.
Related, this picture from the AP:
New York Yankees’ Brett Gardner, left, and Doug Mientkiewicz walk together from second base after realizing they were victims of a practical joke, Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2007, at Legends Field in Tampa, Fla. Mientkiewicz and Gardner started a base running drill only to discover the rest of the team left for the clubhouse.
It’s great to see this team have some fun. I would love to see more of this type of stuff from the squad this spring. It helps build spirit and unity.
I also love the fact that it was Brett Gardner and Rico Bergman who were the unknowing subjects on this one. If it had been two Gung-ho rookies, you could just file this one under rookie-hazing. Including a vet like Rico shows that anyone is open game.
Keep it coming guys. There’s a month left to Spring Training. What else can you come up with?
Show me A-Rod getting a shaving cream pie in the face from Andy Phillips during a YES Network interview.
Show me Mike Mussina fake-spilling a bucket of confetti on Melky Cabrera.
Show me Farnsworth, Damon and Pratt fooling Phil Hughes into a 3-man Lift trap.
Show me Hideki Matsui putting a rubber snake into the glove of Mike Myers.
Live a little and give me just something else to add on to today’s fun.