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09/27/11 1:10 AM ET

Yanks share a laugh at rookies' expense

Club's hazing tradition focuses on pop stars from 1980s

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Yankees took their best swings at a few hits of a different kind after Monday's 5-2 loss to the Rays, dressing their rookies as pop stars of the 1980s in the annual team hazing event.

Dellin Betances and Andrew Brackman stole the show as a towering Milli Vanilli tag-team, while Monday's starting pitcher, Hector Noesi, donned a frilly purple outfit to represent Prince.

Summoning Guns N' Roses, infielder Brandon Laird strummed a guitar under Slash's famous top hat, while catcher Jesus Montero made the coaching staff howl with an attempt at dancing in extra-baggy M.C. Hammer pants.

"I don't like to embarrass the guys, but they don't embarrass," manager Joe Girardi said. "They're all being good about it. They get a nice dinner out of it, I know that."

Everyone seemed to know Hammer's "U Can't Touch This," but when Wham's "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" blasted on the clubhouse speakers, reliever George Kontos wasn't sure what to do. That was unfortunate -- he was dressed as George Michael.

Still, catcher Austin Romine may have had his toughest assignment of the year, asked to dress up in a wig and lace outfit that Madonna might have selected for her "Like A Virgin" tour.

"That's the ugliest I've ever seen," pitcher Boone Logan cackled.

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.