Where is Milo Manara when you need him? The regulation baseball season has seven days to go, which can’t come soon enough for NY baseball fans, although the tearful Derek Jeter final sendoff still looms. In another fall ritual, baseball rookies were subjected to generally harmless “hazing.”A few years ago this consisted of just wearing a My Little Pony backpack around the bullpen, but since that’s practically normal now, the ritual has become much more complicated, as the NY Mets rookies were required to dress as female superheroes for the road trip from Atlanta to Washington.

While even I can’t ID all of them from left to right that’s Dario Alvarez, Wilmer Flores as Lady Thor, Dilson Hererra as a saucy Batgirl, unknown, Juan Centeno as Lady Green Lantern, unknown and slender rookie phenom pitcher Jacob DeGrom rocking a bold (some called it skimpy) “Pretty Patriot” outfit. Also unknown s Wonder Woman in the front row. Hey, they’re rookies who just got called up! I am saddened that we didn’t get to see Jeurys Famiglia as Power Girl.

While this is a hazing ritual everyone seems to be taking it with very good humor.

In case you were wondering, the LA Dodgers rookies had a similar stunt but got to dress as male superheroes.


  1. That’s nothing compared to the military school hazing we saw in the final season of “The Killing.”

    It should also be said that all the gasping about Michael Sam’s shower time was clearly self-satirization, because American sports are the most homoerotic thing in the country, second only to the military.

  2. Pretty sure that Juan Centeno isn’t a “Lady Green Lantern.” He seems more like a “Lady Green Arrow” — the feather in the cap in the photo underneath seems to clinch it.

  3. The Cubs also had a superhero theme. The Yankees did Batman ’66 in 2009, with Ramiro Pena as Catwoman; and Star Wars in 2012.

    Derek Jeter was not hazed in 1995.

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