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February 23, 2009 at 7:59 am ET
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Devil Rays Rookie Hazing 2009

Seems like it was just yesterday that the Devil Rays were hazing their rookies in Boston last September.  Last Thursday, they were at it again, breaking in six players who are starting their first big league spring training.  The hazees were forced to dress as hula girls, serve drinks, take part in a fashion show at the tiki bar in centerfield at Charlotte Sports Park, and shake their “coconuts” for tips. We’re still on the prowl for photos and video, but to tide you over we’ve paired some fun images with eyewitness testimony.  Using our imaginations may be more fun/scary any way….

SS Tim Beckham (Last year’s First Overall Pick, played last year for the Rookie-league Princeton Devil Rays and A- Hudson Valley Renegades)

The Charlotte Sun Staff: “Beckham, who netted a $6.15 million signing bonus in June, fashioned his long, black wig in pigtails, and bore an uncanny resemblance to tennis player Serena Williams.”

Devil Ray superstar outfield Fernando Perez, who emceed the show: “We urged people not to tip him because he’s already overpaid.”

Devil Rays manager Joe Maddon: “The fact that Beckham wore a helmet actually took him a little bit over the top.”

1B/3B/OF/DH Chris Nowak (spent last year with the AA Montgomery Biscuits and AAA Durham Bulls)

TCSS: “the 6-foot-5 Nowak flaunted a platinum blonde wig.”

FP: “Undoubtedly the scariest woman, with his beard and rainbow ‘fro; an Amazon.”

RHP Neal Frontz (spent 2008 with A+ Vero Beach Devil Rays and AA Montgomery)

FP: “Most ladylike. He probably throws 95, but he has the body of a middle school girl.”

C Craig Albernaz (spent 2008 with A+ Vero Beach and AA Montgomery)

TCSS: “A few of the newbies really got into their role — Albernaz complemented his grass skirt with green water wings.”

JM: “He was probably the most risque. And we have to watch him because I think he actually liked it.”

(Maybe he was taking notes when he met up with Devil Rays superfan Pat Christin in the above picture.)

LHP Jason Cromer (spent 2008 with AA Montgomery)

Devil Rays star reliever Jason Hammel: “I was kind of partial to Cromer. I can be a sucker for blonds, I guess.”

Rule 5 Draft pick P Derek Rodriguez and his obscenely large nose also participated, as did C Nevin Ashley (spent 2008 with A+ Vero Beach).

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One Response to “Devil Rays Rookie Hazing 2009”
  1. HK says:

    I believe they’re just the Rays now. No more Devil-ish connotations.

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