The Angels + Algebra = fun
February 26, 2008
As part of a practical joke on John Lackey, he and three other players on the Angels are going to take an algebra test tomorrow.
It turns out, Lackey skipped the final for his college algebra class at Grayson Community College five days before he was selected in the 1999 draft. That’s not the best part:
For Lackey, though, (Mike Scioscia) was just getting warmed up. Part 2 of the prank came over the weekend when, with the entire team listening, Scioscia got Lackey’s mother, a teacher, on a speaker phone and told her Lackey had failed his last math class.
Lackey’s mother was upset.
“Don’t worry,” Scioscia assured her. “We’re going to rectify it.”
Part 3 came Monday morning, when Scioscia arranged for an Arizona State graduate student “in some kind of quantum physics” to walk into the team meeting and give Lackey a college sophomore-level algebra test.
The laughter from the clubhouse was so loud it could be heard through closed doors and all the way down the hall.
Whoever thought that algebra could be funny?
Before this, the funniest math joke I could remember was this:
The other three Angels taking the test are Robb Quinlan, Reggie Willits and Jeff Mathis. Mike Scioscia is making it easier on the players, letting them use a partner.
To show that Lackey is smart after all, he chose Shane Demmitt, a guy on the clubhouse staff who is a law school graduate.