Spring training in Major League Baseball is mostly for talent evaluation and workouts, but it’s also a breeding ground for practical jokes. The Minnesota Twins and manager Ron Gardenhire pulled an early April Fools joke on pitcher Mike Pelfrey.
Pelfrey, who is a Wichita State alum, was told by Gardenhire that he was to give a motivational speech to fire up the Shockers before their NCAA Tournament game
Of course, Pelfrey agreed, but things didn’t turn out quite like he expected.
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Well, that went smoothly, don’t you think?
The deadpan silence from the other Twins in the clubhouse was amazing. Pelfrey must have thought he was speaking a foreign language.
It’s a sure bet that Gardenhire won’t be turning to Pelfrey to get the Twins pumped up in any important games this season.