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The Astros play a prank on Chris Johnson

Jul 21, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

I love stuff like this: Astros’ rookie Chris Johnson hit his first major league home run on Monday. He subsequently became the victim of a prank:

He was originally given a ball he was told was the home run ball.

“They wrote all over it, I mean just destroyed it,” he said. “I
was like, ‘Really? Come on…'”

The ball was a fake.

“After the game, Roy (Oswalt) told me he had the real one,” said

I have no idea if this is true or not, but someone from Texas who claims to know the scoop emailed me to tell me that the fake ball was covered with just the foulest stuff, including illustrations of the male anatomy and whatnot.

I desperately want that to be true because I’d like to think that something as minor as a nightmare season for the Astros can in no way disrupt some good old fashioned locker room humor.

  1. Funzo - Jul 21, 2010 at 3:14 PM

    Alex Cora would never stand for these shenanigans.

  2. Ditto65 - Jul 21, 2010 at 8:15 PM

    I would give you Cora’s hypothetical rant, but I don’t knbow Spanish…

  3. Jesuswtf - Jul 22, 2010 at 3:10 AM

    I think this — wrecking a fake ball and giving it to the guy that got first hit/homerun– is pretty common in MLB though maybe the illustrations of the male anatomy is a new dimension.

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