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Giants rookies dress up like The Naked Cowboy, then meet him in Times Square

Mike Oz
Big League Stew

MLB teams have been doing their rookie dress-up days lately, a hazing ritual in which the new guys have to dress up after a game in costumes chosen by the veterans. For instance, the New York Yankees made their rookies dress up like pop stars.

The San Francisco Giants, whose dress-up day came Thursday after their series ended with the New York Mets and before a new one starts with the Yankees on Friday, chose to do something decidedly New York. They made their rookies dress up like The Naked Cowboy, the famous guitar-playing Times Square busker who seemingly lives his life in only underwear and cowboy boots.

Usually the dress-up stuff is confined to the clubhouse, but since the Giants were in New York and this was so New York-themed, the rookies then had to go to Times Square to meet The Naked Cowboy. Giants relief pitcher George Kontos shared this picture:

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The Giants rookies who participated: Juan Perez, Nick Noonan, Roger Kieschnick, Johnny Monell, Ehire Adrianza, Mike Kickham, Jake Dunning and Heath Hembree.

Juan Perez had the most compelling reason to groan at all these shenanigans. He's a New York City native who was 3-for-3 with an RBI in the Giants 3-1 win over the Mets on Thursday. It was his first hometown start. And, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, after playing dress-up and tourist, Perez was supposed to have dinner with his family.

Here's hoping he at least got to change first.

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