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Rookie hazing is slowly fading away

Aug 15, 2011, 3:35 PM EDT

Rookie hazing

Can I tell you my least favorite “story” — and I use that term very loosely — of the baseball season?  The late September story about how the rookies on some team were forced to dress up like Devo or Sailor Moon or strippers or something on a road trip. The rookie hazing, you know.

We usually get a couple pics of these guys and a bunch of guffaws from the writers who cover the team all year, but I just think it’s all kind of stupid.

For one thing, it’s not really hazing. True hazing should not just be stupid but should be dangerously stupid in order to earn the term. And no, that’s not an endorsement of hazing. It’s just an acknowledgment that society’s views of such things have changed over the years and “hazing” as such is stuff that we think to ban, often for good reason.  The dress up games played by baseball teams are just boring quasi-humiliations. And I say quasi, because if a rookie really owns the outfit and offers some attitude, he can make that stuff work, thus negating the humiliation. What kind of hazing is that?

Anyway, there’s a story on the AP wire this afternoon noting how even the minor dress up games are fading away. Partially because people are bored with it, but mostly because baseball teams are smart enough to realize that, more and more, rookies are key parts of the team, not just dumb kids who need to be put in their place.

All of which is a good thing. Especially if it means that I don’t feel obligated to note the lame dress up stories next month.

  1. takemytalentstosoutheuclid - Aug 15, 2011 at 3:50 PM

    The hazing started to go downhill after that hick in KC fired a shot at the Indians team bus in 2004. Kyle Denny was struck, but saved from serious injury by the USC Cheerleader boots he was forced to wear.

  2. Utley's Hair - Aug 15, 2011 at 4:03 PM

    But when they dress like their wives….

  3. Chris St. John - Aug 15, 2011 at 4:32 PM

    And right on cue:

  4. jeffrp - Aug 15, 2011 at 5:19 PM

    Someone’s cranky on their 1st day back

    • wlschneider09 - Aug 15, 2011 at 5:53 PM

      Isn’t everyone cranky on their first day back?

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