Cincinnati Reds Rookie Gives Embarrassing Prank a Happy Ending (VIDEO)

devin mesoracoAh, parents. It really doesn't matter what age you are -- or whether or not you're a famous baseball player -- they'll always be blessed with the ability to embarrass the everliving hell out of you at a moment's notice. It really is a gift.

Cincinnati Reds rookie catcher Devin Mesoraco got a dose of down-home parental embarrassment when he got wind, via Facebook, that his parents had a batch of 700 or so red T-shirts designed that featured his nickname, "Mez," and an image of him throwing on the front. His name and uniform number were on the back. They were meant for people to wear to the player's upcoming game.

Mesoraco did not like this plan. So he texted his mother at 1:00 in the morning, saying, "No t-shirts." But, alas, Laura, Devin's mom, went ahead and sold them anyway. Bad mommy.


Laura told the Punxsatawney Spirit newspaper, "Some friends approached us and wanted shirts to wear to support him, so Doug [Devin's dad] and I sort of took it on so we could get the design we liked."

Friends and family wore the shirts as they watched Devin play over the weekend at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. Devin lived. In fact, he even grew to accept it when his parents agreed to donate the proceeds to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, a charity he supports.

Aw, so sweet. A really lovely ending to the story. But, dude, what were his parents thinking? That is seriously embarrassing stuff right there. Imagine being just a rookie -- and a mediocre one at that -- and seeing your parents and a bunch of their friends wearing shirts with your picture on them in the stands. It's a little much, if you ask me. And I've been embarrassed plenty by my folks in my day.

Glad to hear something good is coming out of all this, though. 'Cause, really, there's nothing worse than an act of embarrassment that's in vain.

Would you be embarrassed by something like this?

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