Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 8/19/12

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Diamondbacks rookie third baseman Ryan Wheeler experienced one of the most exciting moments of his career on Saturday night. In the seventh inning of a game against the Astros, Wheeler popped his first big league home run. His veteran teammates did exactly what they were supposed to do to make the milestone more memorable, as they gave the rookie the silent treatment when he returned to the dugout after rounding the bases.

This is by no means an original prank, but give the Diamondbacks credit for holding out longer than teams typically do. Their job was to make Wheeler feel as uncomfortable as possible, and it appears they did just that. It may not have been nearly as funny as when Mark Reynolds left Buck Showalter hanging earlier this year, but it was certainly well executed.

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.

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