No Foolin’

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This May Be a First: WNOB

Did the A’s ever have a coach whose last name was Laurie? Nope — that’s Rene Lachemann, who coached for Oakland in the 1980s. He was known as a practical joker, so one day in 1988 the other coaches got together and had equipment manager Steve Vucinich change his NOB to “Laurie” — . . . → Read More: This May Be a First: WNOB

All Gummed Up

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Bit of a sticky situation last night in Arizona, as Jordan Pacheco of the Rockies came up to the plate with a big wad of bubble gum stuck on his butt. “And just to add insult to injury, he struck out,” says reader Villaroman Santos.

I’m assuming this was a prank played by one (or more) of Pacheco’s teammates. If so, it’s the first uni-related prank we’ve seen in a while, at least that I can think of. Here are some others from years past:

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‘Now pitching, number 38 — or is it 30?’

Weird scene at Shea the other day, as Dodgers reliever Ramon Troncoso entered the first game of Tuesday’s twin bill with a piece of tape on his uni number — a development that did not escape the notice of the L.A. broadcast team:

Eric Collins: Not sure exactly why, but Ramon Francoso’s having . . . → Read More: ‘Now pitching, number 38 — or is it 30?’