Sayonara, Cheesesteak: Phillies, in Prank, Tell Pitcher He's Been Traded to Japan

Manager wants to see you.

Those few words are about as unnerving as they can get when you're a 23-year-old pitcher on a Major League Baseball team.

Kyle Kendrick of the Philadelphia Phillies heard those words over the weekend, and soon he was sitting in Charlie Manuel's office listening to the Phils' manager telling him he'd been traded.

To Japan. For a player named Kobayashi Iwamura.

Kendrick's jaw dropped.

"Do they have good food in Japan?" Kyle asked reporters in the lockerroom after learning of the trade. "I don't know what to think right now."

What the 6-foot-3 righthander didn't know was that it was a prank masterminded by teammate Brett Myers. Manuel was in on it. The team's assistant general manager was in on it. So were his own agent and a slew of other accomplices.

And, of course, it all got captured on video and placed on YouTube.

For the record, there is no Japanese baseball player named Kobayashi Iwamura, and getting traded to Japan is strictly forbidden in the Major Leagues.

And yes, while sushi isn't cheesesteak, they nonetheless do have good food in Japan.

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