Hello, kids. This is Richard McPlenty, and I’m here to take you through another lazy Sunday. What better way to kick things off than with a little bit of mischief at the expense of young Phillies pitcher Kyle Kendrick.
G.M. Ruben Amaro Jr. was in on it. Manager Charlie Manuel was in on it. Heck, I wouldn’t be surprised if Anna Benson was in on it. She seems to be up for just about anything.
And it worked. They convinced Hendrick he had been traded to Japan. Cruel, and unusually funny. From MLB.COM:
“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.’
“Presented with a letter printed on Phillies stationery with official-sounding language, Kendrick was convinced of the ‘deal,’ and given an itinerary of things he must do so the swap could be completed, supplied by traveling secretary Frank Coppenbarger.“
BUGS & CRANKS has more on this, including a video of the whole thing going down. I’m not entirely sure why the team did this, but bless them for it.