Rookies hit streets during annual hazing

Rookies hit streets during annual hazing

MINNEAPOLIS -- If you were on the streets in Minneapolis Sunday evening, you might have been lucky enough to have witnessed a rogue's gallery of awkwardly-costumed men walking together.

The Royals had their annual rookie hazing -- including first-base coach Doug Sisson who is in his first season on the big league staff -- wearing embarrassing costumes.

"It was fun, man," rookie third baseman Mike Moustakas said. "It was another chance for us to all hang out and have some good laughs. Let all the older guys make fun of us, it's just a good time. They had fun with us -- I had a great time doing it."

Reliever Everett Teaford was dressed as Wonder Woman and found a new dislike for women's footwear.

"My feet were killing me. I had these like high heel boot [things]. I don't know how women wear high heels with those pointed toes," he said. "My feet were killing me, so I took them off and walked the last four blocks ... without any shoes on."

Between their time on the streets of Chicago and Minneapolis, the group received plenty of stares, and stalled some motorists who stopped to record video.

"Once they dropped us off in downtown Minnesota, oh yeah, all the people were laughing and looking at us," Teaford said. "There were a couple buses that went by and I even caught a woman pointing at me, going, 'That's a man.'"

Asked who had the worst -- or best, depending on your view of it -- costume, Teaford consulted with veteran Bruce Chen, who was thoughtful in his assessment. The two offered reliever Greg Holland's Teletubby outfit, then agreed that Sisson, who was a police officer from the Comedy Central show Reno 911!, was the best dressed of the bunch.

"That was pretty good," Teaford said. "If he had a real mustache, I would probably accept him as authority."