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D-Backs execute lottery prank on pitcher Wade Miley

Aug 17, 2013, 8:20 PM EDT

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Diamondbacks starter Wade Miley finished a close second in NL Rookie of the Year voting last season, but he may be more well-known in the team’s clubhouse for his love of lottery tickets. In Steve Gilbert’s column for, he describes how Miley and mental skills coach Peter Crone would sit together and scratch off lottery tickets every Sunday.

Crone and reliever J.J. Putz discussed pranking Miley and came up with a scheme involving the lottery tickets. From Gilbert’s article:

Fellow reliever Will Harris picked up a fake lottery ticket from Spencer’s and they mixed it in with the real ones last Sunday.

“I thought I won $10,000,” Miley said.

As he jumped around high-fiving his teammates in the trainer’s room, Crone brought him back down to earth.

“You know there’s a lot of people in here right now for no reason,” Crone told him.

It was then Miley realized he had been pranked. To make matters worse, the team sent the video to MLB Network’s Intentional Talk, and it aired this past week.

“They set me up,” Miley said. “The whole world knows now.”

As for his efforts on the field, Miley at least is following up his great rookie campaign with a solid sophomore season, posting a 3.63 ERA in 148.2 innings over 24 starts. That will surely help relieve any lottery-related embarrassment.

  1. Stiller43 - Aug 17, 2013 at 8:28 PM

    What kind of person wins the lottery of life by becoming a pro athlete and feels the need to play the real lottery?

    • paperlions - Aug 17, 2013 at 8:38 PM

      Well, Todd Helton, for one.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 17, 2013 at 9:17 PM

        He’s gotta pay for the Ford repairs.

      • paperlions - Aug 18, 2013 at 11:29 AM

        Memory like an elephant…I had completely forgotten the Ford thing….and you are probably right.

  2. tfbuckfutter - Aug 17, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    I was going to make fun of him for making $480,000 and getting all spazzy over $10,000 but then I realized most people who make $48,000 would be pretty damn happy to win an extra $1,000.

    • historiophiliac - Aug 17, 2013 at 9:24 PM

      That’s like a month of alimony for some of those dudes. Nothing to sniff at.

  3. 13yrsmlbvet - Aug 17, 2013 at 8:54 PM

    Being a pro athlete isn’t winning the lottery. There’s a ton of sacrifice and hard, hard work that goes into making it and sustaining a career.

    • dondada10 - Aug 17, 2013 at 9:04 PM

      Being a pro-athlete takes hard work? You wouldn’t happen to be a 13 year MLB veteran, would you? Cause that sounds like insider knowledge.

      • bdawk20 - Aug 17, 2013 at 9:48 PM

        Outside knowledge obviously thinks it is a walk in the park to be a pro-athlete. You have to be the best of the best, and you are not born with THAT talent, you are born with talent. Up to the person how hard they work for it.

        Pro Athletes are not overpaid because they are paid what the market sets the price at. So don’t arm-chair analyze the situation when you are contributing to the cause of it by watching sports.

      • dondada10 - Aug 17, 2013 at 9:51 PM

        Go home. You’re drunk.

      • deadeyedesign23 - Aug 17, 2013 at 11:26 PM

        Which begs the question why you decided to forgo the millions of dollars to be had in becoming a pro athlete. You know, because there’s no hard work involved…

      • bdawk20 - Aug 18, 2013 at 10:11 AM

        Someone is just jealous, but also doesn’t understand basic market capitalism.

    • apmn - Aug 17, 2013 at 9:28 PM

      A lot of us sacrifice and work hard for much less dinero.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 17, 2013 at 9:29 PM

        But do you have to risk a HBPiD?

      • apmn - Aug 17, 2013 at 10:08 PM

        No, I wear a cup at all times.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 17, 2013 at 10:20 PM

        Oh, ok.

        /slips ball back into her purse

      • apmn - Aug 17, 2013 at 10:43 PM

        I’m glad I don’t work with you, historiophiliac.

        /slips ball back into cup

      • bdawk20 - Aug 18, 2013 at 10:14 AM

        But your job doesn’t make hundreds of millions of dollars for media companies, affording the salaries to athletes. If you want them to share the wealth, then you are asking for socialism and/or communism. So, there’s that..

    • biasedhomer - Aug 17, 2013 at 10:36 PM

      But to have the physical skill set means you have won the genetic lottery. The chance to win that is probably harder than winning big on a scratch off lottery ticket.

  4. Stiller43 - Aug 17, 2013 at 9:34 PM


    That doesnt translate like that though…a person making 48,000 still has a lot of wants that go unmet (believe me…), while a person making half a million winning the same % of their salary has really…not a lot, if any, needs OR wants unmet…maybe they’d want to be able to give more money to their friends or family, but thats about it.

  5. Stiller43 - Aug 17, 2013 at 9:39 PM


    If those players arent happy where they are and what they get paid to do (being paid bonkers money to play a game), they dont have to do it. Apparently, all the benefits are worth the sacrifice.

    Ask almost anyone (that likes/plays/played sports) if they’d switch places with a pro athlete, and i bet >90% would.

    Baseballs not even my favorite sport, but if i had enough talent to be playing it professionally, you bet my sweet ass i would. They have the talent (and other stuff necessary) MILLIONS wish they had.

  6. jacobknicks - Aug 17, 2013 at 10:51 PM

    On another note, what does a “mental skills coach” really do?

    • rmcd13 - Aug 18, 2013 at 12:27 AM


    • jwbiii - Aug 18, 2013 at 2:45 AM

      Play scratch-n-lose lottery games, it seems.

  7. km9000 - Aug 18, 2013 at 2:17 AM

    I think Greg Maddux once gave a fake lottery ticket to a teammate, and the fine print said “Redeem at your mama’s.”

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  9. RoyHobbs39 - Aug 18, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    Mental skills coach? I thought players with grit did not need mental skills?

    • bdawk20 - Aug 18, 2013 at 10:17 AM

      This new generation of coddled mommas boys cant handle criticism.

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