After their victory Thursday over the Oakland Athletics, the Texas Rangers headed for the airport. Some of them, specifically the rookies on the first-place club’s roster, had to wear fancy costumes as part of baseball’s time-honored ‘rookie hazing day’ tradition.
Shortstop Elvis Andrus was kind enough to document the whole thing on Twitter, and he did so with enthusiasm:
Hope everybody is ready for the rookies dress up!!👻✌️🎉 hope u guys enjoy
Looks like the Rangers’ veterans procured some Ninja Turtle, Sailor Moon (or Alice in Wonderland), Super Mario Brothers and generic ‘princess’ costumes with which to outfit the kids. Luckily, verybody seemed to be having a good time with it…that sort of thing will happen when a club is as red-hot as the Rangers are currently.
Jackson and DeShields even tweeted out their own photos, as they were clearly enjoying it as well:
It’s times like this we have to thank the existence of social media, as without it there wouldn’t be readily-available photos of professional baseball players wearing amusing and colorful costumes essentially because they have no choice.