Yankees’ Rookie Hazing Day

There is usually no reason to say I love the Yankees, but I love their version of Rookie Hazing this year. Check out the picture from yesterday:


My little pretties: Joba Chamberlain was dressed as the Cowardly Lion, Ian Kennedy as Dorothy, Shelley Duncan as the Scarecrow and Phil Hughes as the Tin Man from "The Wizard of Oz" on Monday as the Yankees left for a road trip. (AP)

It was rookie hazing day for the New York Yankees, and this well-worn baseball tradition came with a theme: The Wizard of Oz.

So after their 4-1 loss to Toronto, and while the movie's soundtrack played over the locker room speakers, about a dozen rooks slipped into their outfits for the bus ride to the airport and the flight to Tampa Bay.

They're off to see a playoff spot, they hoped.

"I'd rather be here dressing up than anywhere else," pitcher Ian Kennedy said, stepping into the sparkling ruby red slippers as Dorothy. "It makes you feel like one of the guys."

More on the day at SI.com.

See more pictures here and here.

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