The Marlins on Thursday did their annual "rookie hazing" ritual, dressing up players as the U.S. Olympic water polo team. The rookies were in bathing suits during the flight to New York, and the bus from the airport went straight to Times Square, where the rookies got off.
Veteran reliever Heath Bell was the captain of the team, leading the players through Times Square, walking several blocks to the team hotel.
"We inspired some people in Times Square, and a 15-block radius around there," Bell said. "We ended up at the hotel. We inspired a lot of Americans, because we were telling them U.S.A. was there. We were telling them that. We went as the water polo team. We had American flags.
"It was good. Everybody was into it. All the young kids had fun with it. Even if they dressed up before."
The rookies included Rob Brantly, Nathan Eovaldi, Jacob Turner, A.J. Ramos, Dan Jennings, Chris Hatcher and Donovan Solano.
"The speedo they got me didn't fit that great," Ramos said. "My butt was hanging out a little bit. So that was kind of awkward."
Even manager Ozzie Guillen and his family enjoyed the spectacle.
"They have nice bodies," Guillen said. "You see those guys' bodies? I showed [the photos] to my wife, and she took a look twice."