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Field of Links: Mobile technology enhances rookie dress-up day

Sep 26, 2013, 9:00 AM PDT

Advances in mobile technology have made rookie dress-up day one of baseball’s most interesting traditions. In the past, teams would force their rookies to dress in drag, or don embarrassing costumes during a road trip and the fans would only get vague descriptions. Now, we get high quality pictures and often revolting video.

On Wednesday, the A’s trotted their rookies around as video game characters — except for Nate Freiman, who somehow ended up as Marge Simpson. Then again, there have been plenty of video games featuring The Simpsons.

Here’s a team photo taken by Josh Reddick.


Here’s my best guess as to who each player/character is (from left to right). Dan Otero as Mileena from Mortal Kombat, Derek Norris as Ryu from Street Fighter, Dan Straily as Wolvereen, Pedro Figueroa as Raiden from Mortal Kombat, Michael Choice as Link from Zelda, clubby Greg Sommer (I think) as Ken, Stephen Vogt as a fat referee from Madden 25, Evan Scribner as frogger, Sonny Gray as Robin, Nate Freiman as Marge.

A’s pitcher Brett Anderson caught some fantastic video of Stephen Vogt helping the team cross the street to the team hotel.

Here are some more of the rookies hanging out in the Fairmont lobby in Seattle.

The Giants did their rookie hazing session last week. Their costumes were a bit more skimpy.

You have to respect how the Giants stuck to a theme and even executed it in downtown Manhattan. Last year, the A’s had a pretty skimpy theme as well, as they had so many rookies that they stuck with wrestling singlets.


Field of Links:

— Go Giagers? Ladies and gentlemen, meet the worst baseball fan in the world.

— By literally, you probably mean figuratively. As this was literally photoshopped.


The McCarthys belong together.


The Rockies bought Todd Helton a horse!

— My eyes are burning.

Here’s your bench-clearing brawl of the day.

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