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Jeff Francoeur’s teammates in El Paso pulled off a great prank

Apr 12, 2014, 11:35 PM EDT

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The Padres signed outfielder Jeff Francoeur to a minor league deal at the end of March, a week after he was released by the Indians. Francoeur, 30, had adequate results, posting a .788 OPS in 35 at-bats with the Indians during spring training, but the team just didn’t have room with him in their outfield, so he moved over to the Padres.

Francoeur reported to Triple-A El Paso and his new teammates┬ábanded together to pull off an elaborate prank on him. They pretended that pitcher Jorge Reyes was deaf and Francoeur bit it, hook, line, and sinker, despite some obvious tells. Watch the prank in the video below, which includes Francoeur’s reaction when he learns the truth:

Tip of the cap to Nick Piecoro.

  1. jre80 - Apr 13, 2014 at 12:02 AM


  2. icanspeel - Apr 13, 2014 at 12:15 AM

    Now that is a prank.. pretty hilarious

    • Cris E - Apr 13, 2014 at 1:09 AM

      He took it really well. How long was that sustained? days? weeks? Unreal.

      • icanspeel - Apr 13, 2014 at 1:50 PM

        I read they pulled it off for a month.. which in itself is pretty unreal.

  3. gmagic9044 - Apr 13, 2014 at 12:16 AM

    First of all, amazing.

    Secondly, how many former Atlanta Braves are on the El Paso Chihuahuas???

    And third, their mascot is the Chihuahuas?!

    • paperlions - Apr 13, 2014 at 7:09 AM

      Yes, they are the Chihuahuas, and their logo is glorious.

  4. renaado - Apr 13, 2014 at 12:22 AM

    Gotta love the awesome humor of these guys, you can tell Jeff’s gonna have a cool time there.

  5. tfbuckfutter - Apr 13, 2014 at 12:22 AM

    You want a good prank?

    In two years Francoeur is going to bust 50 HRs for the Padres with an OPS over 1.100 and he’s going to go “HAHA BITCHES! IT WAS A PRANK THIS WHOLE TIME!”

    Then retire.

    • renaado - Apr 13, 2014 at 1:01 AM

      “In style.” ­čśÄ

  6. historiophiliac - Apr 13, 2014 at 1:18 AM

    Poor Frenchy.

  7. earpaniac - Apr 13, 2014 at 10:48 AM

    This is hilarious. Epic prank.

  8. rbj1 - Apr 13, 2014 at 11:01 AM

    Go Chihuahuas!

  9. cardsstl07 - Apr 13, 2014 at 12:27 PM

    Good stuff

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