Rites of passage in sports are something pro athletes and fans go through alike. There's the first time you see the big-league field, the camaraderie and bonding with new friends and family, the joy of winning a championship, and the heartbreak of losing on the big stage. Things like these bring us all together, and make us feel like we're all on the same team.
Unless you're a rookie, in which case your rite of passage probably also includes ceding control of your wardrobe to a masculinity-undermining veteran. In the past, we've seen Jonathan Papelbon carry around a pink backpack in his first go-round with the Red Sox, the 2009 Mets wearing …immodest … Halloween costumes, and even the 2012 Yankees rookies embodying the Evil Empire.
There was no reason to expect this season to be any different for first-time Major League ballplayers, and of course, it hasn't been.
For instance, Mike Trout shows us his rookie teammates in full water polo regalia:
— Mike Trout (@Trouty20) September 25, 2013
While over in Oakland, first baseman Nate Freiman's Marge squared off against reliever Dan Otero's take on Mortal Kombat:
Rookie-hazing version of "Who wore it better?" pic.twitter.com/xdmIOGVQu7
— Jane Lee (@JaneMLB) September 26, 2013
The Red Sox seem to be a bit confused, as they eschew Boston's Irish roots for some Scottish tartan:
In NYC, the Giants gave the Naked Cowboy a run for his money:
The Mets took a more matrimonial stance for their rookie hazing …
The wedding party... #rookies pic.twitter.com/OakLsBewbD
— New York Mets (@Mets) September 22, 2013
… While it's a little difficult to tell what the Royals were going for here, with a mix of comic-book heresy and nightmare fuel:
Rookie time pic.twitter.com/8DSKLqJpug
— Ervin Santana (@ErvinSantana_54) September 22, 2013