While the Twins may not be expected to be an American League contender on the field this year, they might finish first when it comes to practical jokes!

Or so it appears judging by the way Twins manager Ron Gardenhire and a group of players, led by closer Glen Perkins, pranked starting pitcher Mike Pelfrey recently.

Gardy summoned Pelfrey, a Wichita State alum, into his office and asked him to deliver an inspirational speech over the phone to the Shockers undefeated top-seeded basketball team before their NCAA Tournament matchup on Sunday against Kentucky. (Pelfrey's school would go on to lose a heartbreaker 78-76.)

But turned out Pelfrey was really just being ribbed. Here's the video: