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April Fool's Day: Top Sports Pranks

April 1, 2015
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Red Sox fans mock Alex Rodriguez

Alex Rodriguez, Blonde masks, red soxLinda Cataffo/Getty Images

Boston Red Sox fans taunt New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez by wearing masks of a blonde woman as he stands on deck in the second inning of a game at Fenway Park. Earlier that week, Rodriguez had been spotted at a club with a blonde, not his wife, setting off allegations about his extramarital activities. The Yankees, however, beat their long-time rival 9-5.

Gum cup on the helmet

Jeff CoxAP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast

Chicago White Sox third base coach Jeff Cox has no clue this prank has been pulled on him with a cup stuck to his helmet with gum as he delivers the starting line up before a baseball game in Chicago. Watching, and slightly amused, at his left is third base umpire D.J. Reyburn.

Tom Brady and his GQ photo

Tom BradyAP Photo/Stephan Savoia

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady calls a play in the huddle during normal Tuesday practice at Patriots summer camp in Foxboro. And to poke fun of the QB, offensive lineman Matt Light tapes a page of Brady's GQ photo shoot to the back of his jersey, left. Let's be honest though, Brady is married to a super model and has four rings, so were pretty confident he was able to brush this one off, even if the magazine spread was a little bizarre.

Green Guys and the penalty box

Green Guys, CanucksJeff Vinnick/NHLI/Getty Images

The Green Men, two Vancouver fans, taunt Johnny Oduya #27 of the Chicago Blackhawks who took a penalty against the Vancouver Canucks during their NHL game in Vancouver. Oduya doesn't seem to be phased, probably because Chicago got the win, 5-2.

Eric Thames and some bubble gum

Eric ThamesTom Szczerbowski/USA TODAY Sports

Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Eric Thames reacts to the impressive bubble of chewing gum placed perfectly on his ball cap by teammate Henderson Alvarez during a ball game against the Baltimore Orioles. Thames was able to laugh it off and the Blue Jays were able to get the win, 9-2.

Matt Harvey and the old 'ball tied to a string'

Matt Harvey, ball on stringJim McIsaac/Getty Images

Matt Harvey of the New York Mets teases fans with a ball tied to a string before a game against the San Francisco Giants at Citi Field. Yes, it's a little mean but also brilliant.

Kings Mascot trolls ref

Kings MascotRocky Widner/NBAE/Getty Images

The Sacramento Kings mascot Monty goofs around during a game between the Seattle Storm and the Sacramento Monarchs. What are sports if you can't have a little fun? It looks like this ref didn't find it as cute.

Phanatic Popcorn

Phillie PhanaticMatt Brown/Getty Images

Phillie Phanatic loves his humor and everyone loves attention on their birthday, right? The Phanatic wished Mark Gubicza a happy birthday with a lot of popcorn as booth-buddy Victor Rojas watched during a broadcast of the Philadelphia Phillies and Los Angeles Angels game.

Lowrie Pie Face

Jed Lowrie, Pie faceBrad Mangin/Getty Images

Not one pie, but TWO pies to the face for A's Jed Lowrie from teammate Josh Reddick while doing an interview on the field after Lowrie drove in the winning run with a single in the bottom of the 9th inning against the Houston Astros.

Popcorn Car

Matt KempDebby Wong/USA TODAY Sports

We wouldn't want to be the teammate who got a front seat full of popcorn from Matt Kemp before the game against the Chicago Cubs. Wonder if he's still finding those little packing peanuts in his car.

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Chicago swept the MLB All-Star Game Final Vote, with the Cubs' Anthony Rizzo and White Sox's Chris Sale each earning enough fan votes to play in the Midsummer Classic on Tuesday in Minneapolis.

How did they do it? Sure, perhaps it's because each player deserved to be All-Stars based on their on-field performance (Sale especially). Or it could be they were pushed through via heavy (and often clever) use of social media, via the hashtags #VoteRizzo and #TargetSale, with each tweet containing said hashtags counting as an official vote for the player.

Check it out:

Anthony Rizzo












Chris Sale

(Note: Chef Morimoto and LaRoyce Hawkins indeed retweeted the Sox.)











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There's something of an arms race among ballpark food vendors. No longer content with simple servings of hot dogs and beer, they're deploying ever-more-complex arrangements of calories in an attempt to win the stomachs of fans. The Rangers offered up a two-foot hot dog. The Diamondbacks countered with an 18-inch corn dog. Now, the White Sox are mashing together 12 scoops of ice cream in a monster sundae weighing in at a whopping three pounds. We're all for heaping quantities of tasty, unhealthy food to complement our baseball experience -- this is America, after all -- but we're worried about where all this is leading. If the Fenway Frank becomes self-aware and starts rampaging through Boston, don't say we didn't warn you.

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Red Sox trade for Jake Peavy

With Clay Buchholz ailing and the Tampa Bay Rays sitting atop the AL East, the Boston Red Sox made their move late Tuesday, trading for 32-year-old Chicago White Sox righty Jake Peavy in a three-team deal that also involves the Detroit Tigers. The former Cy Young winner doesn't come for free, though, as the Red Sox reportedly are shipping out infielder Jose Iglesias, who has played rather well for Boston this season, as part of the seven-player deal.

What do you think of the Red Sox trading 23-year-old Jose Iglesias (.330/.376/.409 in 63 G) for Jake Peavy in a three-team deal?

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  • Does the Red Sox's trade for Jake Peavy make them favorites to win the AL East?

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  • How will the Red Sox and Rays fare this season?

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  • Jake Peavy is 8-4 with a 4.28 ERA and 76 Ks in 80 IP with the White Sox this season. How will he perform with the Red Sox in 2013?

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  • Which of these teams is most likely to win the World Series?

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Deals at the MLB trade deadline?

The MLB trade deadline is fast approaching, and teams are looking to find good deals in a thin market. Jake Peavy has gone to Boston, but he might not be the only one on the move; Cliff Lee, too is on the market. The rest of the field lacks big names, but given how tight some playoff races are this year, it may not take acquiring a Hall of Fame talent to make a difference.

Will the Phillies trade Cliff Lee before the trade deadline?

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  • Will the Diamondbacks trade Ian Kennedy before the trade deadline?

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  • Which outfielder would you most want your team to trade for?

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  • Which infielder would you most want your team to trade for?

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  • How many impact players wll be traded on MLB's trade deadline day?

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