Veteran MLB players are dirty old men. This is a well known fact in the baseball community. Once a year, usually on the last road trip of the season, they hide behind the traditional hazing practices of rookies in order to make their sick fantasies come true.
These fantasies have been kept from the public all season long but the rookies have surely felt the veterans leering at them in the locker room. Undoubtedly each veteran has taken a special liking to a vulnerable rookie during a slump, promising to take him under his wing and to show him how to play baseball the "right way". The rookies probably resisted for a time but now baseball culture prohibits the rookies from doing anything but following the veteran's strict instructions about just how they should be dressed.
Padres vets flying as Reno 911 deputies. Rookies as prisoners.
— Dennis Lin (@dennistlin) September 10, 2015
This season the older dudes wanted to satiate their appetite for power. They wanted the rookies to feel as though all of their freedom had been taken away and they'd been not only stripped of their rights and their clothes but their dignity as well. Look at the thrill that the geezers get from the control they possess over their prey.
Off to SF as prisoners, law enforcement and even a few penguins pic.twitter.com/EbXTfS1wXi
— San Diego Padres (@Padres) September 11, 2015
Next year these same rookies, if they survive the cut, will develop their own rituals and the cycle of hazing will continue. It's all in good fun though... or is it?