3/10/2008 04:22:00 PM

Slit Sliders, Sliced Shoelaces, and Halved Hats

Posted by Mark McCray |

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Oops!!!  Kevin Kernan of the New York Post had this hilarious article (Hat-Tip to My Baseball Bias:

The clubhouse pranks for the Yankees have picked up  this spring, and last year's No. 1 pick Andrew Brackman, who is rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, has been hit hard. He walked to his locker yesterday morning to find that all of his sliders, his baseball underwear, had been slit down the middle.

Brackman's Yankees cap suffered a similar fate. Brackman tossed it in the garbage and then saw the worst of the damage. Six pairs of workout shoes, including brand new spikes, had their shoelaces cut by a Pinstriped Jack the Ripper. The laces were sliced tongue to toe right down the middle, so Brackman, who signed a $4.5 million deal, spent a good part of the day re-lacing his shoes.

"Man, they got me good," he said.

The prank war escalated because Brackman fired back on a veteran player.

"If you get hit by a veteran and fire back," one Yankee insider noted, "they come at you 10 times harder."

The word is that you don't mess with relievers LaTroy Hawkins or Brian Bruney. Ian Kennedy told Brackman to "wave the white flag," but the right-hander has yet to do it.

"It's only going to get worse," Kennedy warned.

Hawkins, for his part, said he did not take direct part in yesterday's attack. While looking over the damage, he did say, "My people took care of some business."

"I'm not quitting," Brackman said of the prankster battle.

Asked if he had any advice for the 22-year-old, Hawkins offered, "You got to know when to hold 'em and know when to fold 'em."

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