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Mike Scioscia has been playing pranks ever since he took over as manager of the Los Angeles Angels 13 years ago.
He once had Jered Weaver, an avid golfer, report back to him on every golf course within a 50-mile radius of the team's spring training complex.
Then there was John Lackey, who had to re-take a college algebra final he failed nine years earlier. Adding insult to the situation was the fact that two Arizona State professors hand-delivered the test to Lackey.
However, there is a method to Scioscia's madness, according to a story by Yahoo! Sports in 2011.
“We use the meeting time to humanize the game,” Scioscia said. “The clubhouse is veterans’ turf. We understand that Mike Trout seeing Torii Hunter or Garrett Richards seeing Jered Weaver can be intimidating. Everybody has fun together and young guys are forced to come out of their shell.”
Any way you look at it, Scioscia and the team have fun with it. In the end, that's what baseball is all about.