Desert ball…Bubble gum tricks of the trade
Robinson Tejeda is the Rangers fourth starter but nobody escapes the old bubble gum on the hat trick. Some unknown teammate pulled it on Tejeda during Friday’s game with the Kansas City Royals.
Practical jokes naturally are a part of life in the Major Leagues, whether it’s bubble gum on the hat or the stunt that Nolan Ryan and others pulled on Scott Chiamparino back in Port Charlotte in 1992.
Ryan announced in the clubhouse that he had a $1,000 speaking engagement at noon in Punta Gorda, which was 20-30 minutes away. Said he was supposed to speak at the Rotary Club or something but couldn’t make it because he was pitching that day.
Ryan offered it to anybody who could make it. Chiamparino eagerly accepted and even rented a tuxedo for the occasion. You know the rest of the story.