D-backs rookies address rite of passage

D-backs rookies address rite of passage

DENVER -- In what is a rite of passage, 11 D-backs rookies were forced to play dress-up following Thursday's game with the Padres.

Pitchers Tyler Skaggs and Patrick Corbin, along with outfielder Adam Eaton, catcher Konrad Schmidt and third baseman Ryan Wheeler, were among those who donned Playboy bunny outfits.

"It's one of those things where it's the most fun you'll have in your entire life doing something like that, but you never, ever want to do it again," Eaton said with a laugh. "They want to embarrass you as much as possible, but then afterwards, they pat you on the back and welcome you in. it's a good feeling."

The players wore the outfits on the charter flight to Denver, then were dropped off at Coors Field and had to walk a little more than a half-mile to the team's hotel downtown.

"It was a pretty long walk, lot of honks and stuff and people yelling," Corbin said. "But we were just glad there was a big group of us and not just one of us. It was fun. Just going out there and having fun with it is all you can do."

D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said veteran closer J.J. Putz asked permission before going through with the prank, which the D-backs do each year.

"It got rid of the dampened mood to the game," Gibson said, referring to Thursday's 6-5 loss to the Padres. "It was kind of a tough loss yesterday. By the time we got on the plane, it was somewhat humorous."