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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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Mets' Harvey to miss 2014 season

Matt Harvey was hoping to avoid surgery and just rehab the partially-torn ulnar collateral in his right elbow. Well, after much consideration, the Mets ace has decided it would be best to undergo Tommy John surgery instead. The recovery process will keep Harvey out the entire 2014 season and leave the Mets with a gaping hole in their starting pitching rotation.

  • How worried should Mets fans be about Matt Harvey's future?

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    Discuss (Total votes: 112,473)

  • Of the Mets' three returning rotation pitchers, who will have the best 2014 season?

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    Discuss (Total votes: 3,890)

  • How many games will the Mets win next season?

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    Discuss (Total votes: 3,921)

  • When will the Mets next make the playoffs?

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    Discuss (Total votes: 3,905)

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Max Scherzer has been near perfect through his first 20 starts, notching a 19-1 record and on the brink of becoming the first pitcher since Roger Clemons in 2001 to start the season 20-1. But does Scherzer's record mean he's a better pitcher than the MLB ERA leader Clayton Kershaw? Click the images below to set your rankings!

Baseball's best pitchers

Bartolo Colon

Bartolo Colon

Athletics
14-5, 2.97 ERA

Patrick Corbin

Patrick Corbin

Diamondbacks
13-4, 2.79 ERA

Yu Darvish

Yu Darvish

Rangers
12-5, 2.68 ERA

Jorge De La Rosa

Jorge De La Rosa

Rockies
14-6, 3.28 ERA

Jose Fernandez

Jose Fernandez

Marlins
10-5, 2.30 ERA

Zack Greinke

Zack Greinke

Dodgers
13-3, 2.86 ERA

Matt Harvey

Matt Harvey

Mets
9-5, 2.27 ERA

Felix Hernandez

Felix Hernandez

Mariners
12-8, 2.97 ERA

Clayton Kershaw

Clayton Kershaw

Dodgers
13-8, 1.72 ERA

Hiroki Kuroda

Hiroki Kuroda

Yankees
11-10, 2.89 ERA

Cliff Lee

Cliff Lee

Phillies
11-6, 3.07 ERA

Francisco Liriano

Francisco Liriano

Pirates
14-6, 2.74 ERA

Mike Minor

Mike Minor

Braves
13-5, 2.99 ERA

David Price

David Price

Rays
8-5, 3.28 ERA

Chris Sale

Chris Sale

White Sox
10-12, 2.99 ERA

Anibal Sanchez

Anibal Sanchez

Tigers
11-7, 2.61 ERA

Max Scherzer

Max Scherzer

Tigers
19-1, 2.73 ERA

Justin Verlander

Justin Verlander

Tigers
12-10, 3.73 ERA

Adam Wainwright

Adam Wainwright

Cardinals
15-8, 2.96 ERA

Jordan Zimmerman

Jordan Zimmerman

Nationals
15-7, 3.32 ERA

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Mets' Harvey has elbow injury

They weren't winning a lot, but things were looking up a bit for the New York Mets -- in no small part thanks to Matt Harvey, the NL All-Star starter with a 2.27 ERA in 178.1 innings this season. However, Harvey was found to have a partially torn UCL in his pitching elbow, meaning Tommy John surgery might be in his future. But the second-year pitcher appears to have other plans, tweeting that he expects to be back on the mound for April 1. Though surgery is far from a career death sentence, it is a blow to a long-suffering franchise.

  • Matt Harvey tweeted that he'll be back by April 1 of next season after partially tearing a ligament in his pitching elbow. Will he?

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      42%
    •  
      58%

    Discuss (Total votes: 45,650)

  • If Matt Harvey needs Tommy John surgery, how worried should Mets fans be about his future?

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      41%
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      59%

    Discuss (Total votes: 26,316)

  • Whom do you blame the most for the Mets' seven year absence from the playoffs?

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      11%
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      24%
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      65%

    Discuss (Total votes: 3,181)

  • When will the Mets next make the playoffs?

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      4%
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      25%
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      30%
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      41%

    Discuss (Total votes: 8,711)

  • Which of these struggling NL East franchises is in the best shape?

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      18%
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      39%
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      43%

    Discuss (Total votes: 34,031)

  • Which New York team has a brighter outlook over the next five seasons?

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      50%
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      50%

    Discuss (Total votes: 25,395)

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Mets' Harvey has elbow injury

They weren't winning a lot, but things were looking up a bit for the New York Mets -- in no small part thanks to Matt Harvey, the NL All-Star starter with a 2.27 ERA in 178.1 innings this season. However, Harvey was found to have a partially torn UCL in his pitching elbow, meaning Tommy John surgery might be in his future. But the second-year pitcher appears to have other plans, tweeting that he expects to be back on the mound for April 1. Though surgery is far from a career death sentence, it is a blow to a long-suffering franchise.

  • Matt Harvey tweeted that he'll be back by April 1 of next season after partially tearing a ligament in his pitching elbow. Will he?

    •  
      42%
    •  
      58%

    Discuss (Total votes: 45,650)

  • If Matt Harvey needs Tommy John surgery, how worried should Mets fans be about his future?

    •  
      41%
    •  
      59%

    Discuss (Total votes: 26,316)

  • Whom do you blame the most for the Mets' seven year absence from the playoffs?

    •  
      11%
    •  
      24%
    •  
      65%

    Discuss (Total votes: 3,181)

  • When will the Mets next make the playoffs?

    •  
      4%
    •  
      25%
    •  
      30%
    •  
      41%

    Discuss (Total votes: 8,711)

  • Which of these struggling NL East franchises is in the best shape?

    •  
      18%
    •  
      39%
    •  
      43%

    Discuss (Total votes: 34,031)

  • Which New York team has a brighter outlook over the next five seasons?

    •  
      50%
    •  
      50%

    Discuss (Total votes: 25,395)

Comment »