Postgame Notes: Rookie Hazing

Game 160: Bittersweet
Rays beat Yanks to tie Sox for AL Wildcard
(Photo via the Yankees)

The story of the night is clearly what happened on the field, but that’s between the Rays and Red Sox. The Yankees (finally) got busy with their annual rookie hazing tonight, dressing the kids up as various 80’s and 90’s musical megastars. Jesus Montero broke out the parachute pants and was MC Hammer. Brandon Laird was Slash from Guns n’ Roses. Andrew Brackman and Dellin Betances were Milli Vanilli. Hector Noesi dressed up like Prince and George Kontos was a different George, George Michael. Austin Romine drew the short straw; he had to dress up like Madonna and go out on a date with Alex Rodriguez. Okay, I made that last part up, but Romine was definitely the material girl. Phil Hughes zipped him up.

I’ll be honest, the Yankees are getting soft. Who cares about dressing up in the middle of the series? They’ve got to get these kids dressed up when they’re hanging cities, preferring to or from Toronto so they have to go through customs. Weak  sauce, Yankees. Someone needs to step up next year and take the bull by the horns.

Anyway, there’s wasn’t too much to talk about as far as the actual game, so let’s recap…

  • Russell Martin asked home plate ump Paul Schrieber if he stretched before the game, because he “seemed kind of tight.” Schrieber was not too pleased, so that’s what led to the  ejection. I’ll  give Russ some creativity points, but the zone really wasn’t that  bad.
  • Other than possibly Phil Hughes, none of the team’s playoff pitchers will pitch on Wednesday. Joe Girardi wants to give them two full days off before the ALDS begins. A player might manage that game, but only if it doesn’t mean anything in the wildcard race. Based on what happened tonight, it absolutely will, one way or the other.
Game 160: Bittersweet
Rays beat Yanks to tie Sox for AL Wildcard
  • Rey22

    I laughed pretty hard at the Martin joke. Never heard of a player saying something like that.

  • Chen Meng Wang

    Two things: What about Nova? Or was he around for Hazing last year? Two another great quote from OTM: “Schilling or Pedro for pitching coach.”

    • Jesse

      I saw another quote on OTM saying “Schilling or Pedro for starting pitcher for tomorrow.”


  • FachoinaNYY

    Can’t wait to see the pictures, Montero sounds like he would make a good MC Hammer

  • flamingo

    So: MLB joined together in a conspiracy to make Bud Selig “baseball needs another wild card to keep things interesting” look bad?

    Because – especially from our vantage point – this September is the best month ever.

    • mbonzo

      The idea of a 1 game series pisses me off. If they want to allow 5 teams in the playoffs, give the team with the best record a bye.

      • 28 this year

        A bye is probably unproductive in baseball. Off days do not help the same way like they do in football.

        • mbonzo

          I have no idea how they would work it out, but any team would take a bye week over possible elimination.

      • Tyrion Lannister

        They aren’t accounting for luck and fluke plays that happen in 1 game. If they do the 1 game they have to get rid of divisions and make the two worst playoff qualifiers play in the one game. I don’t think it’s fair to do in the current format of the unbalanced schedule.

        • Mister Delaware

          I looked it up: Heading into this year, the last time the wild card was the outright worst team (by total wins) to qualify was in the NL in 2004. Precedent says you’re punishing one of the 3 best teams in order to pass a 4th place (or lower) team through the play-in. Its so fucking Seligian.

  • Darren

    I was hoping for a Brackman/Betances combined start on Wed. I guess that’s out the window now?

    • Woodrow Sweats

      so you want milli vanilli taking the mound wednesday?

  • Tyrion Lannister

    2-9 vs the Yanks and Rays is one thing, but 1-4 vs one of the the worst teams in the AL is what has cost the Sox in September. Two more wins vs the Os and they’d have held on. An historic September collapse for a team that was crowned AL Champion in August.

    • Rey22

      AL Champion in August? You mean best team in history since the 1927 Yanks in January?

      • Chen Meng Wang
        • Rey22

          Yup. That’s professional, unbiased journalism right there.

        • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

          In defense of Eric Ortiz, he did get one thing right – when he said “The 2011 Red Sox could accomplish a feat that has never been done.” Except I don’t think a collapse was the feat that he was referring to…

          • Chen Meng Wang

            Btw Rays fan is trolling the hell out of OTM…and OTM members are bashing the shit out of the Rays sight. I’m glad it seems people here are above trolling Sox.

            • mbonzo

              Just posted on there, I don’t troll though. We’re all baseball fans imo.

              • Chen Meng Wang

                mbonzo…it’s ok. I was actually going to wait until they were officially knocked out of the playoffs then post it.

                • mbonzo

                  I’m sure it won’t be the end of that article, but I genuinely want to know Red Sox fans opinions on it. One friend of mine said that the writer was completely right mid way through the season, I’d like to know what he thinks now. I think its more embarrassing for NESN, if a YES writer said this I’d feel the same way.

              • Jesse

                What did you say?

                • mbonzo

                  Wanted to know what they thought of the Eric Ortiz article. Its not the first time I’ve posted there.

                  • Jesse

                    Ah I just saw that on their post game piece. And it’s funny that it’s been over 20 minutes and no one has answered. Hell, they probably clicked on it and laughed at it themselves.

  • The Big City of Dreams

    Poor Romine it’s been a tough couple of days:

    Catching 14 innings, hit on the head with the bat, had opportunities to end the extra inning game, had to catch tonight because Russ got tossed, and now dressing up as Madonna.

  • MikeD

    Sounds like Montero and Kontos got off easy when the other choices were Milli Vanilli, Prince, George Michael and Madonna.

    • Woodrow Sweats

      c’mon… what’s wrong with dressing up like prince? and george michael is just hilarious…

  • Karl Krawfid

    Rookie dress up from Betances.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Milli Vanilli

  • yankeesdrummer

    it sucks now! they used to do the hazing on the final home game before the final road trip every year and make the players sign autographs for the fans outside but after 2007, they havent done it at home since. major disappointment that they stopped doing it that way but awesome choice for costumes this year. very funny.

  • Jesus Freak

    6-19 Sox September

    WHOOoo HOOOO000!

  • D-Rob’s Great Escape

    Girardi not playing any playoff pichers in game 162 will be a huge advantage for TB, the Sox definetly can’t risk falling behind by 1 game tommorrow because they can’t expect TB to lose the last game.

  • Monteroisdinero

    Best scenario is a tie, a one game playoff and the Sox win. The Rays pitching scares me and the Sox without Youkilis and with their crappy pitching do not.

    However, if the Sox lose one of the next two and don’t make it to a tiebraker game, the press clippings will be epic.

    For the Yanks, I would make sure Alex and Jesus get 4 abs in each game. This will not happen of course since Joe will only play Montero against Price and Arod will get a day off for the all-important Brandon Laird abs.

    • Tom Zig

      I understand the fear of the Rays pitching, but who cares, we’d only face them if at all if we both made the ALCS.