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Ryan Wagner Gets Creamed

You know how during Wizards season I kept wondering whether the team was winning because the locker room was fun, or whether the locker room was fun because the team was winning? Well, I have no idea what the answer is. All's I know is, on the heels of a four-game win streak, Nats reliever Ryan Wagner wound up with a shaving cream pie in his face before last night's game.

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See, Wagner has two kids, ages 6 months and 2 years, and he didn't get a tremendous amount of sleep on Monday night, and so he was taking a little nap in the clubhouse.

"Good things never happen when you fall asleep in the clubhouse," he noted.

When I talked to him, the incident was already a few hours in the past, and he was all cleaned up and signing autographs. But he said that his eyes burned from the creaming, and that he hadn't forgotten the perpetrator.

"I know who," Wagner told me. "But I'm going to keep that anonymous. He's going to pay."

After Ryan Zimmerman told the Examiner about assorted baby powder pranks, I figured maybe this was a fruitful line of inquiry, so I asked for more clubhouse hijinks, but Wagner said it's actually been a slow year in that regard. (For more great baseball pranks, read this story about Eddie Guardado by Bog friend Greg Bishop.)

"I can tell you about pranks that I've seen," Wagner said. "Applesauce in the boots. And I have seen this, you get grape kool-aid and you put it in their shoe. And as soon as they put their shoe on, they have no idea. You sweat in it, it will turn your foot black for a week. Black."

I asked whether this had ever been done to Wagner.

"Oh, no," he said. "You'd die for that."

Anyhow, a fan was asking for Wagner autograph. This fan said he used to play baseball back in the day. I asked the fan for his best clubhouse prank. He declined to answer, citing the presence of a female PR staffer. I insisted that she wouldn't mind.

"Ok, they would take their pubic hair and put it in the lining of the hats," he said, at which point I pretty much decided to move on to a different topic.

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 16, 2007; 11:29 AM ET
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way to go, gentleman steinbog.

Posted by: ouij | May 16, 2007 12:31 PM | Report abuse

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