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Kyle Kendrick is still hurt by Brett Myers prank in 2008

Kyle Kendrick is still hurt by Brett Myers prank in 2008

Two days ago, we uncovered a prank John Kruk pulled on a young Chase Utley. Kruk made him think that he had to forfeit his first major-league hit -- a grand slam.

That prank was good, but it doesn't come close to the one pulled during spring training in 2008. Then a starter for the Phillies, Brett Myers played a prank on second-year major leaguer Kyle Kendrick, who was led to believe he was traded to a team in Japan.

"It's the greatest prank of all-time in the MLB," Myers said Wednesday in a phone conversation with CSN Philly. "MLB Network ranked it the No. 1 prank of all-time."

MLB Network did rank the prank No.1 in a Prime Nine segment dedicated to MLB pranks.

Per Myers (who is now embarking on a country music career), all the credit for the prank needs to go to Leslie Gudel, formerly a reporter for CSN Philly, who was inspired by a similar prank that former Phillies pitcher Larry Andersen tried to pull off during his playing career.

Andersen's attempt was unsuccessful.

However, Myers' prank was wildly successful.

"Leslie Gudel came up to me and asked me if I wanted to be part of a prank to pull on Kyle Kendrick," Myers said. "Basically, they had run this prank a long time ago. Larry Andersen had done this to someone else. So, they asked if I could do it to someone and I said, 'Yeah, I have the perfect guy.'"

That perfect guy was Kendrick, who somehow didn't realize that a major-league player couldn't be traded to Japan, or the fact that the player Kendrick was traded for, Kobayashi, is a competitive hot dog eater.

"Now knowing me, I wanted everything covered," Myers said. "I went the extra mile to make sure that this looked as real as possible. I had to get the front office involved. I had to get Charlie (Manuel) involved. I let the media know about it -- keep them quiet. I had to get the traveling secretary involved. We had to make it look as good as possible. It took two weeks of planning to make sure everybody was on board before we pulled the prank off."

Last Sunday, Michael Silverman from the Boston Herald wrote a story on how Kendrick is still hurting from the prank and how Ruben Amaro Jr. has confronted him since now that the two are reunited with the Red Sox. 

Amaro, now a first base coach, never apologized to Kendrick while with the Phillies, but did to Kendrick this spring for his involvement in the prank.

"I don't know if Kyle actually feels that way about it," Myers said. "But for Ruben to apologize to him about the thing. … I mean for people to remember Kyle for just the prank, who cares?

"If Kyle was so hurt by it and it affected him like that, then why did he allow this guy to write this article to bring it back up? All he did was stir the prank back up and continue to let it get more views on YouTube. The 10-year-old kid that never got it, that are now 19 or 20 years old, are watching it."

Myers was able to give us an untold story about how he was pranked during practice while in the minor leagues. This prank was a little more cruel and unusual than Kendrick's, so the Red Sox's pitcher shouldn't feel so bad about what happened in 2008.

"I had guys take my clothes and put them in ice and freeze them," Myers said. "They put them in a bucket of water, then put it in the freezer. All my clothes. And I came back to a block of ice with my clothes in it. Baseball is all about pranks and being funny and having fun."

Joel Embiid: 'I don't think you want to try me'

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Joel Embiid: 'I don't think you want to try me'

We've seen it plenty and we love it.

Joel Embiid talking trash and trolling the opposition.

But is he ever concerned with possible payback?

It doesn't sound like he is, and for pretty decent reasons.

Embiid, entertaining us like always, explained those reasons beautifully on ESPN's Tuesday edition of "SC6."

Here was his answer:

Oh, no, I'm not worried about that. If those guys that want to get their feelings hurt, if they're not strong mentally, that's not my fault. I think when it comes down to it, and if we all got to square up, I mean, I'm 7-2 and I'm a big dude. I don't think you want to try me. And I'm African, too, so.

That's the whole point of playing basketball — having fun, go out there, have fun, kick someone's ass and just play basketball.

Not sure if Embiid will ever have to square up with an opposing player. He may have to look out for a big dunk when he's protecting the rim or some extra fire from the competition, but it's good to know he's ready to rumble if necessary.

For the video of Embiid on "SC6," you can watch it here, via The Athletic's Rich Hofmann.

Sixers pick up first boring win of the season against Jazz

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Sixers pick up first boring win of the season against Jazz

There was a time as Sixers fans when being 16 games into the season meant it legitimately felt like there was no chance the team would ever win another game of basketball. Now, we're beating teams at home by a lot because we're better than them, moving to multiple games over .500, and -- as of last night -- even breaking even with our overall scoring differential. Yawn. 

The Philadelphia 76ers beat the Utah Jazz last night by a score of 107-86. Joel Embiid had something of an off night (15 points on 7-16 shooting), our shooters couldn't quite get it going (4-15 from deep), but we still won by 21. It wasn't quite a blowout, but it definitely wasn't a nail-biter. It wasn't an upset or a moral loss or a validating triumph. It wasn't anything, really, except a win. 

In it's own way, of course, that makes it the most meaningful W of the season for Philly. It has been a very long time -- maybe since the Doug Collins era -- since the Sixers won a game without it being a referendum on either team. The Sixers simply won because they're a better team with more good players -- especially with the Jazz missing a couple key dudes, though we also beat them in Utah a couple weeks ago without Joel Embiid, so whatever. And the Jazz aren't even the worst team in the league, or really even one of them -- they're just a not-totally-terrible team that the Sixers are still decisively superior to. 

Long have I dreamed of wins like this, to have a game where there was nothing to say in the recap except how there's nothing really to say in the recap. Next time the Sixers pick up another W this casual -- and it probably won't take all that long, either -- I won't even be able to write this column again. I'll probably have to try writing in haiku or cryptogram or something to attempt to make the story interesting. 

And that's fine: After four years of historic losing, we'll trade narratives for Ws any time. You keep it real boring, Sixers.