Practical jokes meant a lack of practical travel wear for Toronto Blue Jays rookies as they made their way to Boston on Thursday night. In a time-honoured tradition of baseball hazing, Blue Jays veterans had special outfits ready in the locker’s of their first-year teammates following the 6-4 win over the Chicago White Sox . . .Look, if you're going to put your rookies through hell, you should at least try to be creative about it. Rookies have been forced to go in drag for years. It's been done to death. Let's try something new, shall we?
. . . Scott Richmond of North Vancouver, B.C. pulled on a loud flower print shirt and skirt ensemble to hoots and hollers from the clubhouse. Travis Snider had a “Dorothy” costume from The Wizard of Oz waiting for him at his locker after his eighth-inning double sparked the six-run rally that led to Toronto’s 11th win in 12 games. Clown-fearing Jesse Carlson had a Bozo get up, complete with oversize red shoes that would have fit the size 18 feet of his locker neighbour and fellow rookie
David Purcey. Purcey’s locker contained a schoolgirl uniform with a brown pleated skirt for the rookie left-hander to wear.
I'm a much bigger fan of practical jokey things as opposed to mere hazing. Things like the "Son, you've been traded to the Nippon Ham Fighters" bit. Or how about getting a beat writer involved and have him ask him how he feels about erroneous taunts from player X on team Y, hoping against hope that he spouts off?
Assuming you'd want to, how would you taunt a rookie?