Johnson amused by LaRoche's prank

Johnson amused by LaRoche's prank

PHOENIX -- Kelly Johnson knew who was to blame.

As soon as the D-backs' second baseman heard the song "It's Raining Men" blaring from the Chase Field speakers as he stepped into the batter's box Tuesday night, he knew first baseman Adam LaRoche was responsible for the prank.

"I was trying to find him in the dugout and I saw him looking away," Johnson said. "Mark [Reynolds] and Augie [Ojeda] were dying laughing. It was funny. I was completely caught off guard."

LaRoche said after the game that the joke was payback for a prank that Johnson pulled on him earlier this year.

"He's been telling me for a while that it's been coming, but I was kind of hoping he would forget," Johnson said.

Johnson figured after the first at-bat, the joke was over, but when he stepped into the box for his second at-bat, "It's Raining Men" was once again played.

"The second time was not as funny," Johnson said.

The prank could live on for a while. One fan at Wednesday's game had a sign that said "It's Raining Men -- Go Kelly Johnson" with a drawing of an umbrella.

According to LaRoche, there is still more to come.

"Yeah, he said something to me last night about it only being phase one," Johnson said. "If you ask me, we're even, so if he does anything else, I'm going to have to start thinking about getting him."