As you may know we here at Stately Beat Manor are long suffering fans of the New York Mets. So it was a strange and amazin’ weekend with the Mets locking first place in their division this weekend, ending a nine year post-season drought with a season that already has some legendary moments, from The Night The Shortstop Cried, to The PAssion of the Cespedes and other things only sports fans will give a crap about.
However it was an added bonus that this weekend happened to be “Rookie Hazing” weekend, during which rookies on many major league teams are forced to travel in costumes or embarrassing clothing. As you can see from the above, the Mets rookie were forced to wear adult sized underoos.
— New York Mets (@Mets) September 27, 2015
Now perhaps you are thinking “The Mets rookie I most want to see in skimpy underwear is Noah Syndergaard” and he’s uncharacteristically shy in the above photos. Luckily, he happened to run into a bar for a pint.
— Matt Cooper (@MattCooperB105) September 27, 2015
Now you may also be thinking that hazing rituals are an atavistic remnant of primitive societies that reinforce stereotypes about gender and ethnicity.
Rookie hazing is one of the worst things about baseball. As usual, we get compulsory homoeroticism and emasculation. https://t.co/aB51sB5q5T
— Eric Simon (@AmazinAvenue) September 27, 2015
It is true that some unfortunate stereotypes are reinforced by this kind of stunt, but in a more anthropological view, this kind of ritual serves as a “coming of age rite” and such traditions usually reflect the overturning of traditional roles, crossing over into “the other” and a widening consciousness by appropriating the garb and symbols of another tribe or gender. One of the reasons I like baseball among all other sports is the encouragement of individual personalities and its generally genial nature unless you are a total psycho like John Papelbon. Dressing up, as shown by Halloween and the growing acceptance of cosplay, is an important form of self expression.
Plus, is there really a downside to the sight of fit young athletes in skimpy underwear?
The Houston Astros went a little dark with all this though.
Seems like reasonable rookie attire for the flight. pic.twitter.com/psRWAtbMBK
— Minnesota Twins (@Twins) September 27, 2015
For more pictures of baseball players in their underwear, please go here.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.