Last summer the Tigers drafted a certain prospect out of the University of South Carolina named Joey Pankake. Since then the jokes have been bubbling up, but during yesterday's spring training game things really got cooking.
Mr. Pankake came to the plate (after a hearty cheer from the away crowd) with the bases loaded and knocked in two runs with a single up the middle.
With this hit, Joey's ability to play syruptitiously was over and the out pouring of puns began.
Lynn gets things rolling even as he winces
Joey Pankake "plates" two runners with a bases-loaded single up the middle. Let the horrific puns and wordplays begin ...— Lynn G. Henning (@Lynn_Henning) March 19, 2015
From there Pat Caputo got some of the easy ones out of the way.
Tigers are playing an infielder named Joey Pankake tonight, but bigger issue on the mind of their fans is whether closer Joe Nathan is toast— Pat Caputo (@patcaputo98) March 19, 2015
Instead of using a crow hop when he throws, Tigers infield prospect Joey Pankake uses the I Hop— Pat Caputo (@patcaputo98) March 19, 2015
Count me among those who hope Tigers infield prospect Joey Pankake makes it big in MLB and buys a log cabin up north. It'd be a great story.— Pat Caputo (@patcaputo98) March 19, 2015
Mowery was required to participate
Apparently, Pankake stacked up well against the big-leaguers today. (Sorry, had to ... contractually obligated)— Matthew B. Mowery (@matthewbmowery) March 19, 2015
Things got serious when Bossmus got involved
Ausmus: "You guys didn't ask me about Joey Pankake." Reporters: "Oh, yeah." Ausmus: "He waffled the ball." /groans— James Schmehl (@jamesschmehl) March 19, 2015
Brad Ausmus getting in on the Joey Pankake word party: "Pankake hit the crepe out of that ball."— Lynn G. Henning (@Lynn_Henning) March 19, 2015
Perhaps we should leave things to the professionals
All jokes aside, Joey Pankake making a good impression in spring is a great way for him to advance in this biz quick— Matt Sussman (@suss2hyphens) March 19, 2015
I want Joey Pankake to make the Tiger's roster solely so I can buy his team shirt.— Omar Ezzat (@Omar__EZ) March 19, 2015
I bet they would sell like...well, they would sell briskly
Are there any Pankake jokes left?— Kurt Mensching (@BYBKurt) March 19, 2015
I suppose we will find out in the comments.
So there you have it. Joey Pankake is now famous. He used to be just a batter and now he has a lot of skillet seems.
I fully expect him to address the media today and explain it is pronounced Pan-KAH-kay.