When it comes to rookie initiation the MLB likes to get, well, creative. The Sox commonly have their rookies dress up in silly outfits, often involving cross-dressing. This year is no exception as the Sox had their rookies dress up in matching Scottish kilts, as you can see in the picture it’s pretty funny.
The Sox rookies found the kilts in their lockers after Sunday’s game, and then appeared on the field with assorted veterans for the “Picnic in the Park” event. Knuckleballer Stephen Wright tried to wear a white undershirt but was told to just wear the kilt and sash, not so fast kid you need to be as embarrassed as everyone else.
While this is a non-story in nearly every sense of the world, there is one big takeaway. In 2012 the Sox “rookie initiation” was a complete disaster. The Sox had the rookies dress up as cheerleaders, except for Will Middlebrooks who seemed to have never gotten the memo as he dressed up as Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz.
Now rookie hazing has nothing to do with how the Sox carry themselves on the field, but that the 2013 Sox were organized and in sync rather than last year’s flub shows a lot about how they take themselves more seriously this time around. Sure being on the same page on stupid outfits doesn’t win games, but it shows the Sox players and organization take the time to get the little things right.