Oh, this is epic. And no, the prank isn't the former wunderkind Jeff Francoeur is still playing baseball.
Here's the set-up. Francoeur, a former MLB Rookie-of-the-Year is playing AAA Baseball for the San Diego Padres team in El Paso, Texas. And he's apparently on a veteran laden team with several of his ex-Atlanta Braves teammates including Blaine Boyer and Brooks Conrad.
Francouer, for all his struggles to hit off-speed pitches, is one of the great nice guys in professional sports. Always has been.
And his El Paso teammates, well, they had some fun.
At his expense.
The ruse: They convinced Francoeur that teammate Jorge Reyes was deaf. It was all built around an incident when Francoeur first arrived, where Reyes didn't move when a fly ball landed near him.
Before they knew it, the entire team was in on it.
And....as an added bonus, they had a documentary style film shoot to document the gag. And it's priceless...
Check out this production by Antihero Baseball/Daylight Films: