Just Kidding Kyle, Your Life Isn’t Ruined

So yesterday, Kyle Kendrink found out that he was traded to a Japanese baseball team, the Yomiuri Giants.

The video shows him sitting stunned in his chair in Charlie Manuel’s office. His cheeks are flushed and he has a look of, why would they do this to me? in his eyes as he signs the contract. Poor kid. Just a rookie. And thus more susceptible to pranks.

With Brett Myers pulling the strings, the coaches, players, Kendrick’s agent, and even the media, pulled a fast one on Kendrick. I saw the report on the Philadelphia Comcast broadcast of Feb. 16th. You can read more here and link to videos.

I had two favorite parts to this video: Pat Burrel feigns disappointment and empathy and throws me totally for a loop; usually, he is the subject of my disappointment and empathy and I’m not used to him in this other role. My other favorite part was a quick shot of Shane Victorino, standing in the middle of the locker room with a look that betrays surprise on his face. He may have been in on it, or had been thinking “Oh my God. Are they going to trade me next?”

This current Phillies team is quickly garnering lots of personality: Rollins’ predictions, Myers’ practical jokes (see Man or Machine?), Utley’s godliness, Rollins’ and Howard’s back-to-back as MVPs, the time when the entire team helped out the Colorado field crew in 2007–the Phillies are exciting and fun. I would like to point out that while the Phillies were goofing off today, the Mets media was focusing on Carlos Beltran’s Jimmy Rollins impression.

In short, the Mets are in a pressurized cabin and if are in constant danger of hemorage. The Phillies, on the other hand, are loose and ready to be a team.

“I would have loved to see him fly to Japan and get off the plane,” Manuel said. “That would have been the best. As a matter of fact, I would have paid his fare.”

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3 Responses

  1. There is another team that had a strong focus on hi jinx and general horseplay. They play somewhere near to where I am…won two WS in the past few years.

    Then again there is another team that was regimented and automatonish. Won 4 WS in 5 years before acquiring better players and over inflating their payroll and being general letdowns.

  2. It’d be smart for the Inquirer or the Daily News to get a guy devoted entirely to a Philadelphia sports scene blog, ala Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post.

    Stunts like this certainly aren’t newsworthy day in and day out, but in a blog? Hell yeah.

    Besides, the perception that athletes can’t act like human beings–drink, play pranks, take part in legal debauchery–is such a misguided one that I hate the public sometimes for thinking badly of athletes who do act human.

  3. HA. They should. Blog news is hilarious compared to “normal” news. Newsweek has actually been attempting to do some blog style articles in that they report on YouTube videos and other online happenings. Quite dumb.

    On note two, it’s actually quite a trend. People get impressed when celebrities of any kind act out of the box a little bit. I heard a radio show recently and the guy remarked that this band, The Decemberists, are good live. Someone else replied, no they aren’t. They are operating in an atmosphere where people who go to concerts are starved for attention–thus they aren’t good show-men, they just happen to talk to the audience. All relative, you see.

    But yes, I am always impressed and delighted when pranks are pulled.

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