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Ken Griffey Jr. Played an All-Time Classic Prank on Rookie Alex Rodriguez
The history of professional sports is filled with stories of amazing pranks played on poor unsuspecting rookies. However, none of them were as perfect as the one Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. played on Alex Rodriguez back in 1994 during his rookie season in Seattle.
Griffey told the story to Sports Illustrated‘s Ben Stein for his “Where Are They Now” series. Check it out:
The year before, he’d pulled a subtler prank on another teammate: Alex Rodriguez, then an 18-year-old rookie shortstop who, like Griffey, had been the top pick in the draft. Griffey enlisted Seattle’s trainer, Rick Griffin, to convince Rodriguez that the club’s stars—including Buhner and Randy Johnson—were involved in a scheme to sell their sperm to the highest bidder, as if they were thoroughbred stallions, and that Rodriguez might himself attract an appreciable stud fee. He brought in a fake doctor. “Dude, you got great genes,” Griffey told the rookie. The callow Rodriguez was skeptical at first. Then he started to come around. “How much money do you think we could make?” he asked. Griffey, mercifully, pulled the plug before donations were to be harvested. “Everybody has rookie hazing,” he says. “That was his.”
Of course, Griffey had no way of knowing at the time how vein A-Rod would become. This was long before the photos of A-Rod kissing himself in a mirror, or the urban legend about the painting of A-Rod as a centaur hanging above his bed. But in hindsight, what better prank than convincing the guy that people were willing to get into a bidding war for his perfect genes?
Thank you, Junior, for this incredible gift.
Hat Tip – [Sports Illustrated]