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The Yankees do the rookie hazing thing a little bit differently than other teams

Sep 24, 2012, 12:03 PM EDT

Vader

Some people say that dressing up your rookies in women’s clothes during the de rigueur late season hazing is degrading and possibly homophobic.  I don’t feel too strongly about that. I think it’s kinda lame and unimaginative, but whatever you want to do, go ahead.

Extra points to the Yankees, though, for breaking with that and going in a different direction.  I mean, they didn’t even sex-up David Phelps into the metal bikini version of Princess Leia when they dressed their rookies up like Star Wars characters.

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  1. cur68 - Sep 24, 2012 at 12:07 PM

    What? No Jawas? There should always be Jawas. Can’t beat a good Jawwa Looking rookie.

    • Francisco (FC) - Sep 24, 2012 at 12:26 PM

      Man, I think only Eddie Gaedel would fit in a Jawa Costume…

      • natstowngreg - Sep 24, 2012 at 12:47 PM

        Jose Altuve?

      • djpostl - Sep 24, 2012 at 2:36 PM

        Oh damn…

  2. skids003 - Sep 24, 2012 at 12:22 PM

    I bet Craig has never been on a team in any team sport. It’s about creating the feeling of team, Craig. Jeez.

    • paperlions - Sep 24, 2012 at 5:32 PM

      ….because nothing creates a sense of “team” like seeing guys in women’s clothing? That’s what your going with? Sorry, I never felt a bond with people that thought forcing people to do degrading things was funny.

  3. number42is1 - Sep 24, 2012 at 12:25 PM

    please tell me that the guys dressed as Yoda is really that tall.

  4. number42is1 - Sep 24, 2012 at 12:26 PM

  5. Loren - Sep 24, 2012 at 12:36 PM

    Really? Just four rookies? The A’s rookie hazing picture is basically the whole damn team:
    http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/AL-contenders-crucial-weekend-series-athletics-yankees-angels-white-sox-tigers-rangers-orioles-092012

  6. realgone2 - Sep 24, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    Star Wars is boring.

    • kevinbnyc - Sep 24, 2012 at 4:42 PM

      You’re boring.

  7. hoopmatch - Sep 24, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    They need a Jar Jar Binks.

    • number42is1 - Sep 24, 2012 at 12:44 PM

      a totally useless character? his name is feliciano….

  8. gammagammahey - Sep 24, 2012 at 12:55 PM

    Funny that Kenji Nimura is included in the hazing. He’s been through it before with the Dodgers:
    http://www.sonsofstevegarvey.com/2008/09/when-playoff-celebrations-and-rookie.html

    Maybe he just really likes Yoda. Lord knows that if the Mets did this particular dress-up, RA Dickey would undoubtedly break out his own Vader costume.

  9. natstowngreg - Sep 24, 2012 at 1:02 PM

    Melky Mesa? Well, this is September, time of “who he?” At least they gave the Darth Vader costume to the rookie with one career game played and zero career AB.

    • Jeremy Fox - Sep 24, 2012 at 3:16 PM

      “Luke–I am your outfielder.”

  10. indaburg - Sep 24, 2012 at 1:31 PM

    What? No Princess Leia in slave costume? And I know he’s not a rookie, but Joba should have still dressed as Jabba, or is that too obvious? Still, I’ll give them credit for creativity. (I’m complimenting the Yankees? Who am I?)

    • cur68 - Sep 24, 2012 at 2:07 PM

      Who are you? You’re Sally of course. Did you bump your head? Better go on the 7 day DL if you did. Can’t have you staggering about the place and all.

    • natstowngreg - Sep 24, 2012 at 5:30 PM

      Obviously, you are someone influenced by a Jedi mind trick. My condolences.

  11. ravenwolf13 - Sep 24, 2012 at 1:34 PM

    Is Eric Chavez aware of this? I believe he would consider this to be high-schoolish, pretty unprofessional, and crossing the line.

  12. Lukehart80 - Sep 24, 2012 at 6:56 PM

    Their Luke Skywalker has a red lightsaber, which everyone knows only a Sith uses.

    That’s the Yankees alright.

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