As noted, making rookies dress up or down to ridicule them is just what baseball players do. The Tampa Bay Rays forced their rookies to dress like women and sing "Call Me Maybe" last season.
Well, the AL West-winning Oakland A's tried their hands at embarrassing their youth and didn't disappoint.
A's beat writer Jane Lee tweeted out some stunning images of the group, including one of Dan Straily—a key cog in the 2013 rotation—dressed up as Wolverine, which should have Hugh Jackman a little nervous.
Straily pic.twitter.com/zPhADDl9tn— Jane Lee (@JaneMLB) September 25, 2013
First baseman Nate Freiman was rocking the Marge Simpson look.
Winner winner! Nate Freiman as Marge Simpson pic.twitter.com/0NAlhS2RzY— Jane Lee (@JaneMLB) September 25, 2013
Here are some Batman and Mortal Kombat fare, including Dan Otero wearing clothes far too bright and tight for anyone's good.
Gray as Robin pic.twitter.com/ap6AB8hSJm— Jane Lee (@JaneMLB) September 25, 2013
Anyone know who Figueroa is? pic.twitter.com/uXFLxq1bHJ— Jane Lee (@JaneMLB) September 25, 2013
Otero in his skimpy Mortal Combat outfit pic.twitter.com/JrlHvToUVM— Jane Lee (@JaneMLB) September 25, 2013
Mileena never looked so awful.
We don't know what Otero did to deserve such an outfit, but he clearly wins the battle of ridiculous costumes. I would also like to lend some applause to Sonny Gray, whose Robin manages to best Chris O'Donnell's turn as the Boy Wonder.
As for the rest of MLB, the Angels made their rookies go full water polo for fans, via Marcia Smith of the Orange County Register.
Angels rookie dressup! pic.twitter.com/pQBu4pELJG— Marcia Smith (@Marcia_C_Smith) September 25, 2013
And the San Francisco Giants demanded their young guys take it off and act like naked cowboys during a recent trip through New York, via George Kontos.
A few of the guys with Time Square's "Naked Cowboy" and "Naked Indian" pic.twitter.com/pIQTYvqwRh— George Kontos (@G_Kontos) September 19, 2013
If there were such a hazing award, we would have to give it to the A's, who seemed to have raided the nearest Halloween store.
Now, if you happen to see anyone strange during the final few days of the season, relax; it may just be a collection of MLB rookies.
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