For all of baseball's unusual traditions, this might be the oddest:

Whenever a newcomer hits his first home run, his team gives him the temporary silent treatment when he returns to the dugout.

Arizona Diamondbacks rookie Ryan Wheeler got the silent treatment after his long ball on Saturday, and he was subject to an unusually good acting job by his teammates. Even the bat boy and the dugout policeman are in on this.

The silent treatment is not reserved for rookies and has become widely practiced around the league. But the Diamondbacks' prank was undoubtedly one of the longest of the year.

(H/T to Yardbarker)

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