Kyle Kendrick is still hurt by Brett Myers prank in 2008

Kyle Kendrick is still hurt by Brett Myers prank in 2008

Two days ago, we uncovered a prank John Kruk pulled on a young Chase Utley. Kruk made him think that he had to forfeit his first major-league hit -- a grand slam.

That prank was good, but it doesn't come close to the one pulled during spring training in 2008. Then a starter for the Phillies, Brett Myers played a prank on second-year major leaguer Kyle Kendrick, who was led to believe he was traded to a team in Japan.

"It's the greatest prank of all-time in the MLB," Myers said Wednesday in a phone conversation with CSN Philly. "MLB Network ranked it the No. 1 prank of all-time."

MLB Network did rank the prank No.1 in a Prime Nine segment dedicated to MLB pranks.

Per Myers (who is now embarking on a country music career), all the credit for the prank needs to go to Leslie Gudel, formerly a reporter for CSN Philly, who was inspired by a similar prank that former Phillies pitcher Larry Andersen tried to pull off during his playing career.

Andersen's attempt was unsuccessful.

However, Myers' prank was wildly successful.

"Leslie Gudel came up to me and asked me if I wanted to be part of a prank to pull on Kyle Kendrick," Myers said. "Basically, they had run this prank a long time ago. Larry Andersen had done this to someone else. So, they asked if I could do it to someone and I said, 'Yeah, I have the perfect guy.'"

That perfect guy was Kendrick, who somehow didn't realize that a major-league player couldn't be traded to Japan, or the fact that the player Kendrick was traded for, Kobayashi, is a competitive hot dog eater.

"Now knowing me, I wanted everything covered," Myers said. "I went the extra mile to make sure that this looked as real as possible. I had to get the front office involved. I had to get Charlie (Manuel) involved. I let the media know about it -- keep them quiet. I had to get the traveling secretary involved. We had to make it look as good as possible. It took two weeks of planning to make sure everybody was on board before we pulled the prank off."

Last Sunday, Michael Silverman from the Boston Herald wrote a story on how Kendrick is still hurting from the prank and how Ruben Amaro Jr. has confronted him since now that the two are reunited with the Red Sox. 

Amaro, now a first base coach, never apologized to Kendrick while with the Phillies, but did to Kendrick this spring for his involvement in the prank.

"I don't know if Kyle actually feels that way about it," Myers said. "But for Ruben to apologize to him about the thing. … I mean for people to remember Kyle for just the prank, who cares?

"If Kyle was so hurt by it and it affected him like that, then why did he allow this guy to write this article to bring it back up? All he did was stir the prank back up and continue to let it get more views on YouTube. The 10-year-old kid that never got it, that are now 19 or 20 years old, are watching it."

Myers was able to give us an untold story about how he was pranked during practice while in the minor leagues. This prank was a little more cruel and unusual than Kendrick's, so the Red Sox's pitcher shouldn't feel so bad about what happened in 2008.

"I had guys take my clothes and put them in ice and freeze them," Myers said. "They put them in a bucket of water, then put it in the freezer. All my clothes. And I came back to a block of ice with my clothes in it. Baseball is all about pranks and being funny and having fun."

Catching up on some big Eagles stories from Week 1 of OTAs

Catching up on some big Eagles stories from Week 1 of OTAs

It was great to be back at the NovaCare Complex on Tuesday and take in an Eagles practice, even if it was non-contact. There’s a lot of buzz around the team right now, and minimal time to cover everything, so let’s dive into some of the storylines that slipped through the cracks during the first week of OTAs.

The thought that the Eagles are secretly fuming over Carson Wentz seeing a private quarterback guru seems ridiculous. It’s not uncommon for NFL players -- even quarterbacks -- to seek council during the offseason. Tom Brady did it, and I don’t recall any drama ever unfolding with the Patriots as a result of that. Perhaps some mild concern has been expressed behind closed doors, as Wentz’s mechanics are a constant work in progress, and Eagles coaches surely prefer he learn the methods they’re teaching. Then again, I highly doubt somebody earned the title of “quarterback guru” if they’re not passing along standard NFL techniques. It was an even bigger reach to suggest Doug Pederson’s displeasure over this development was on display during his press conference on Tuesday.

I’m not one to place a whole lot of stock into OTAs, but seeing rookie cornerback Rasul Douglas on the field with the first-team defense in nickel situations is a promising sign. He didn’t look out of place, either. At 6-foot-2, 209 pounds, Douglas matched up well with Alshon Jeffery. I could see his size being an asset against NFC East rivals like Dez Bryant, Brandon Marshall and Terrelle Pryor -- bigger receivers the Eagles will face two times each this season. While performance in OTAs typically means squat, it was about this time last year when Jalen Mills began ascending the depth chart, and he wound up playing quite a bit. It’s early, but given the situation at cornerback, not at all far-fetched to anticipate a similar role coming for Douglas.

While I agree with the premise Nelson Agholor could improve and go on to have a respectable NFL career, Eagles teammate Brandon Graham isn’t really the most relatable example. It’s time for the seemingly annual reminder that Graham’s progression was derailed by a major knee injury as a rookie. He essentially missed the following season, and was buried on the depth chart upon returning. A year later, the defense switched to a 3-4, which was an adjustment as well. Yet, time and time again, Graham would perform at a high level whenever he got into games, finally earning his starting job back in 2015. Agholor has been a starter the past two seasons, and aside from a high ankle sprain his rookie year, he’s been relatively healthy. What’s the excuse here? Agholor may be a late bloomer, but Graham’s experience breaking into the league was vastly different.

The revelation that Vinny Curry was affected by a knee injury last season can be taken one of two ways. Some may see it as an excuse for his modest performance after signing a massive contract extension a year ago, which currently looks like an expensive mistake. I prefer to view the injury news as another reason to give Curry a slight pass. We’ve all seen what an explosive pass rusher he could be, racking up 9.0 sacks in 2014 while playing only one-third of the Eagles’ defensive snaps. If he was hampered by the knee -- Curry admitted wearing a brace for much of the season -- that could certainly help explain why he often seemed invisible. Even if he simply wasn’t very good, Curry has another opportunity to prove himself in 2017. Might as well take the optimistic outlook.

Mike Schmidt shows off new sunscreen dispensers at Citizens Bank Park

Mike Schmidt shows off new sunscreen dispensers at Citizens Bank Park

Phillies legend Mike Schmidt is teaming up with Mayor Kenney, the city of Philadelphia, Independence Blue Cross, and the Richard David Kann Melanoma Foundation to help protect you from the sun's harmful rays.

As part of the Sun Smart America initiative, the Phillies will place 12 sunscreen dispensers around Citizens Bank Park in addition to 6 dispensers located elsewhere around the city. 

This Sunday, May 28th, is also Melanoma Awareness Day at the ballpark when the Phillies host the Cincinnati Reds at 1:35. 

Schmidt will throw out the ceremonial first pitch and try to promote the importance of protecting one's skin from the sun. He knows from a trying personal experience.

"The sun almost took my life," Schmidt told the Palm Beach Post after his battle with skin cancer. He spent months going through heavy radiation and chemotherapy and is currently cancer free.

The sunscreen dispensers at the ballpark can be found at all entry gates as well as on the Rooftop, Pavillion, and Terrace levels beginning on Sunday.