All In Good Fun?
Disney World is synonymous with some spring training. Think about it. Princesses are a constant throughout the Magic Kingdom. Princesses are also constant throughout the Chicago Cubs club house.
The team has made a bonding experience out of their road trips where they all dress up in various costumes. The wardrobe can range anywhere from pajamas to the dresses, like Snow White or Cinderella. It’s the rookies who usually wear the dresses and they do so willingly in spirt of team- building.
But those types of dress up days are over for rookies in Major League Baseball. MLB has decided to take a harsh stance on the Cubs party for first year players and all other teams for that matter. The league has implemented a new rule as part of the new collective bargaining agreement that disallows forcing rookies to wear cheerleader outfits, princess gowns or anything else that might resemble clothing of another gender
Cubs Manager Joe Maddon is famous for this type of team building. It got started when he was the manager with Tampa Bay. He assigned his teams to wear all sorts of absurd clothes in hopes of bringing them together. The record shows, it has worked. He has turned downtrodden franchises into winners, like he did with the AL champion Rays in 2009. Most recently he was at the helm when the Cubs ended a 108 year championship drought.
The players saw no harm in Maddon’s costume parties.”It really did make us feel like it was our entrance to the team'” said Cubs pitcher Rob Zastryzny. “The Cubs did a really good job of it. I was a fan of it. It made me feel really close to the guys.”
Still, with the current climate, MLB thought it was time to end the princess parties. There have been changes throughout the world of sports, showing more sensitivity to what might be considered offensive. A lot of the change stemming from Title IX around college campuses. Despite all the positive feedback from Cubs players, the league felt it needed to get with the times. Another example of America’s pastime not thinking in the past.