Fake press release circulated in Brewers' press box

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff  September 13, 2010 03:06 PM

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Chicago Cubs GM Jim Hendry was the victim of a pretty good prank last week at Milwaukee's Miller Park.

Seems someone circulated a fake press release touting a faux book by Hendry,called "How to Finish Near Last Place with the Highest Payroll in the League." The press release was among a collection of stats reports and other printed press briefings, which are common in most press boxes.

The Cubs are in next-to-last place in the NL Central, just above the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Brewers confiscated the papers once discovered.

Among the chapters in the would-be book, according to a report in the Chicago Tribune:


  • "Why I signed Milton Bradley!"

  • "Why I released Casey McGehee only to see him hit 20 home runs and drive in nearly 100 runs for a division rival!"

  • "Why I hired former Pittsburgh general manager Dave Littlefield, the man who helped make the Pirates what they are today, as my special assistant!"

  • "How I botched the recall of Micah Hoffpauir from our minor league team in Iow by losing track of the number of days that he was in the minors!"

  • "Why I signed players to long-term contracts with limited trade options!"

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