An annual rite of fall, the rookie hazing ritual of teams forcing the young kids to don ridiculous costumes or outfits has been occurring throughout the major leagues of late. And on Thursday, it was time for the contingent of bright-eyed, big league neophytes on the Minnesota Twins roster to take their turn.
Twins reliever Glen Perkins tweeted two photos of Twins rookies dressed in orange jumpsuits, a wardrobe choice that typically is not much of a choice at all, as it conjures up images of standard issue prison apparel.
Tweeting on Thursday afternoon, “Rookie dress up chain gang. Hope nobody has to pee!”, Perkins uploaded the above photo of the rookies as the team was set to embark on a trip from Cleveland to Detroit, where the Twins begin a three-game series with the Tigers beginning Friday. Imagine trying to get through airport security wearing those bad boys.
From left to right, the Twins players featured in the above photo are are bullpen catcher Roy Larson, left-handed pitcher Tyler Robertson, right-handed pitcher P.J. Walters, right-handed pitcher Liam Hendriks and shortstop Pedro Florimon.
Late Thursday afternoon, Perkins tweeted another photo of the fellas, a larger group of rookies this time, posing in front of building with the text, “This is where the boys ended up,” and the locale was perfectly apropos in light of their outfits:
Well played, Twins. Granted, the image of the Twins rookies above is not as jarring as seeing ex-Twin Danny Valencia wearing that neon green swimsuit thingy popularized by Borat back in 2010, but the prison garb concept was nevertheless pretty clever.
Sadly, with the Twins wrapping up another dismal season where the franchise will record over 90 losses and the organization’s near future looking somewhat bleak, those orange prison jumpsuits may be more symbolic than Twins fans — and players — than what they would prefer them to be.