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Teammates get one last prank in on Jeff Francoeur

Jeff Francoeur has plenty of reason to be happy about getting called up to San Diego. (Andrew A. Nelles/Associated Press)

The El Paso Chihuahuas do two things well: wear awesome uniforms and play pranks on Jeff Francoeur. Back in April, they posted a video which showed the enormous lengths to which they had gone to convince Francoeur, who had just joined the squad, that one of his new teammates was deaf. Eventually, the ruse was revealed to the outfielder, who was a little amazed, for a variety of reasons.

Well, when you have someone as good-natured as “Frenchy” on your team, only so much time can pass before you pull another stunt on him. This one, however, didn’t require quite as much time or ingenuity. Francoeur was spotted ducking into the coaches’ locker room to use their bathroom, apparently a no-no for El Paso players, so some other Chihuahuas “made him pay.”

They rigged all the doors so Francoeur couldn’t open any of them, effectively locking him in. Teammates knew that he could stand being in there for only so long, because “with no TV, no nothing, staring at walls, everyone that knows him knows he’s losing his mind right now.”  With no conventional means of escape, Francoeur eventually had to climb up into the ceiling and then over to the players’ locker room.

Oh, Frenchy, when will you be rid of these pesky Chihuahuas? Actually, today — Francoeur was just called up to the Padres.

He replaces Cameron Maybin (who was suspended 25 games for a substance violation) in San Diego. Back in El Paso, woe to whomever replaces Francoeur as the team’s prankee of choice.

Des writes for the Early Lead and the D.C. Sports Bog, scouring the Web to bring readers items of interest, both serious and amusing. He also covers fantasy football, as well as fitness topics for the MisFits.



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