The whole “don’t acknowledge your teammate after he hits a big home run” is definitely one of the better baseball pranks of my time. Usually it’ll last 30 seconds, maybe a minute – long enough for the hitter to come in, put his helmet away, maybe grab a drink and take his seat on the bench.
The Phillies took the silent treatment to epic proportions Tuesday night following the first career dinger from rookie outfielder Darin Ruf. Four minutes, 55 seconds of Ruf most likely thinking that Ryan Howard and the rest of his new teammates are complete toolbags (taking on the role of Philadelphia fans). Ruf was added to the Phillies active roster on September 10. Through Tuesday, he has had six plate appearances.
I think I may have to try this when the wife gets home from work today. Did you see how happy Ruf got after the Phillies finally acknowledged him? If my wife gets half as happy to see me, I’ll consider it a success.