Baseball players love to play pranks on one another, and word has it Washington Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche is one of the MLB’s masters. LaRoche appeared on MLB Network’s Intentional Talk on Friday, and Kevin Millar — one of the show’s hosts — was able to gather some intel from LaRoche’s brother before the interview.
Millar got LaRoche to talk about some of the best pranks he has played over the years, one of which the Atlanta Braves fell victim to. After being traded from the Braves to the Pittsburgh Pirates a few years back, LaRoche was in Miami finishing up a series. I’ll let him take it from there, with a special thanks to Dan Steinberg of DC Sports Bog for transcribing the quotes.
“The Braves happened to have an off day in Miami while we were finishing up our series, so all their gear came in and was in our auxiliary clubhouse, all the Braves’ bags,” LaRoche explained. “And I chose to skip BP that day and go to the back room and dig through everybody’s bags.
“And it just came to my head to pull out everybody’s underwear and sliding shorts, take a pair of scissors and cut the crotch out of everybody’s gear. I sayeverybody; I didn’t have the heart to get Bobby [Cox]. I couldn’t do that. But I got a lot of the coaches and just about all of the players, and then I wrote on the big board — Kevin, you might remember this. I’ll keep it clean, but I wrote on the dry erase board, I said, Hey boys, good luck and play balls out — LaRoche.”
The prank went over well, with each player realizing their athletic supporters weren’t going to be so supportive as they got dressed. However, the victims didn’t exactly let him get away with it. In particular, Braves pitcher Tim Hudson went all out returning the favor.
“I came in, it was getaway day, so they did the standard cut my suit up,” LaRoche said. “Took my dress shirt, froze it. Cut all my equipment up, batting gloves, bats were broken. And then probably the grossest thing I’ve ever seen, Tim Hudson takes my backup first base glove and stuffs human feces up in the fingers of my glove. So needless to say I had to throw that glove away. Never got to use it again. Pretty disgusting.”
LaRoche said he still felt he got the best of the Braves because he got so many of them and they only got him, but we’re talking about a baseball glove turned into a toilet. We have featured some epic baseball pranks on the site over the years, but when someone craps in a glove the war is over. I call that a win for Hudson.