Thursday, September 27, 2012

Rays Rookies Get HAZED.

Ah, Rookie hazing. That age old tradition that bonds both veterans and youngsters alike. It is also that time of year where the seasoned vets remind the kiddies who, in fact, is in charge. Whether it's the Smurfs incident that the Washington Nationals rookies lived through last year, or Mike Trout getting dressed up as Lady Gaga, every year a new high (low) is hit.

I'm going to go ahead and say that the Tampa Bay Rays are this years winners. Of course, when you have a manager who orchestrates things like this, you should already be a step ahead of the competition. For this year's hazing, the Rays veterans (is it weird to call 26 year olds veterans?) decided to not just parade around their young pups, but they were going to have them announce their rookie-ness to the entire world (Or at least to anyone who happened to be in Fenway Park).

Insert female leotards, wigs, flashdance socks and headbands. Throw in a couple of hastily rehearsed dance moves and voila, you have 10 rookies dancing and making complete fools of themselves while doing a rendition of Carley Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe." Video here.

To be honest, I was actually a bit disappointed that, considering the outfits, they didn't bust out into a raucous version of Michael Sembello's "She's a Maniac." But that is neither here nor there. What is "here" is now a new standard for rookie hazing's, Latroy Hawkins might want to step his game up a little bit.

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