Wednesday, September 14, 2005
He's got a 5-1 record, with 21 saves. He's got an ERA of 1.38 and a WHIP of 0.96. That's comparable to the Fruitbat, who has a 1.44 ERA and a WHIP of 0.84 in less innings pitched. He's young and talented.
And this is what happens to him when the Oakland A's leave Barry Zito in charge of rookie hazing.
I don't even know what to say. Huston Street... I'd feel bad for him, but a) he is actually, horrifyingly working the knee socks; b) the hair coordinates with the plaid, which I think has shocked my brain into a state of frozen amazement; and c) he seems to be enjoying it. Check out the security guys laughing at him in the background too.
Click the photo for a larger version, by the way. It simply must be done. You must appreciate the full majesty of the thing.
Of Street, Zito said, "He looks good in skimpy clothes.''
"Huston, you're hot!'' said first baseman Dan Johnson, dressed as a bottle of mustard.
See also Freddie Byrnum dressed as, um, a Jamaican belly dancer, Nick Swisher as a plug, and Dan Johnson as a bottle of mustard; Joe Blanton dressed as a socket; Keichi Yabu dressed as a geisha and Ron Flores dressed as an angel, or something.
The most disturbing parts of that are the implications involved in the Swisher and Blanton costumes. I mean.... look at where Swisher would be plugging in. Good lord.
Not part of rookie hazing, but my friend Jen also emailed me this image of Rich Harden in a SpongeBob SquarePants costume, which looks like it must have come from some Oakland TV ad. I wouldn't know, having never been there, but whatever, it is simply too awesome to not share.
Now if that didn't thoroughly distract you from the sheer horror of what the Sox have been doing lately, nothing can, and I can no longer help you.