Yankee rookies get Boss treatment

Yankee rookies get Boss treatment

NEW YORK -- The Yankees are an organization steeped in tradition. From their 26 World Series titles to the Hall of Famers who have called Yankee Stadium their home, tradition is a big part of what makes the Yankees who they are.

With that in mind, the Yankees weren't about to let a doubleheader sweep get in the way of a time-honored tradition: rookie hazing.

Seven rookies took part in this year's festivities, as they returned from the field to find their regular clothes gone, replaced by a costume to wear on the trip to Toronto.

In recent years, the costumes have ranged from Hooters girls (Nick Johnson and Alfonso Soriano) to pimps (Jose Contreras and Hideki Matsui) to Elvis Presley (Andy Phillips and Scott Proctor). Last year, Chien-Ming Wang and Robinson Cano were outfitted in cheerleader uniforms, complete with their names on the back of the shirt.

This year's winner? George Steinbrenner.

"Dressing up in a costume may be embarrassing, but to be with the New York Yankees, I'd do it every day if I had to," said T.J. Beam. "I'd rather be wearing this than be sitting at home. I don't care if I was wearing a bikini."

The seven players -- Beam, Melky Cabrera, Jose Veras, Sean Henn, Andy Cannizaro, Jeff Karstens and Kevin Thompson -- were dressed in blue blazers, white turtleneck shirts and gray dress slacks. The outfits were topped off by gray-haired wigs and aviator sunglasses.

"I'll take this over a dress any day," Karstens said.

The rookies posed for pictures in the clubhouse, eventually being joined by manager Joe Torre for a few more shots. After the photo shoot was complete, they headed to the stadium exit, where they signed autographs for fans before boarding the bus for the airport.

"I want to know where my golf cart is to take me to the bus," joked Beam.

Mark Feinsand is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.