The Athletic Reporter
September 12, 2005 Sports News the Way You Want It. Completely Made Up. Issue 127
Mets Owner Finally Told He's On "The Jamie Kennedy Experiment"
Originally posted 5/12/2003

Wilpon (right, with Kennedy) assures everyone there's no hard feelings
NEW YORK - Hilarity ensued at a press conference this week when it was revealed to New York Mets owner Fred Wilpon that he has been the victim of an elaborate, season-long prank by TV star Jamie Kennedy of The WB's hidden camera show "The Jamie Kennedy Experiment."

"You guys got me," Wilpon said after Kennedy, who had been posing as Mets general manager Steve Phillips, told him in front of reporters and a live ESPN television audience that he had been "X-ed."

"I thought something fishy was going on," Wilpon said after the practical joke was revealed. The Mets have toiled at or near the bottom of their division this year despite having the highest payroll in the National League and have suffered through indignities such as blown saves by closer Armando Benitez, underachieving play by a legion of highly-priced free agents and, most recently, shortstop Rey Sanchez being discovered getting a haircut in the clubhouse during a game.

"You!" said Wilpon, spotting a grinning Sanchez at the press conference. The owner proceeded to punch Sanchez playfully twice before pounding fists with the shortstop.

"I have to say, boss, you're being a great sport about this," said Benitez, who thus far this season has blown four saves and has three losses, in accordance with Kennedy's ruse. "If you could see the look on your face..."

"I think this is the best one I've pulled yet," Kennedy said. "Watch for it on the season finale of 'The Jamie Kennedy Experiment,' this Thursday at nine on The WB!"

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