Your WTF? of the Day!

The Indians team bus was in a minor accident on the way to Kauffman Stadium this afternoon. No injuries to anyone on the team, minor injury to the driver of the other car. That’s not the WTF part, however. This is:

It’s the second time the Indians were involved in a bus incident in Kansas City. In 2004, rookie pitcher Kyle Denney was struck in the calf when someone shot at the bus. He avoided serious injury thanks to go-go boots he was wearing as part of a hazing ritual.

I love the “hey, didn’t you all know this already” randomness of that. It kind of reminds me of the original WKRP opening that has the guy switching the radio dial and coming across the newscaster saying ” . . . but the Senator, while insisting he was not intoxicated, could not explain his nudity.”

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  1. RickyB said...

    I remember that incident, but it seems much more recent than five years ago. I always find it interesting how the media talks up the hazing rituals of pro teams (the rookie got duct-taped to the goal post!) as comical hijinks. But how many states of hazing laws and with all the ugly hazing incidents that happen, why do these get glorified?

  2. Matt S. said...

    Good point RickyB, but in this case the hazing clearly saved the kid from serious injury. I doubt anyone in KC is going shot at the Indians this year, unless it is out of mercy.

  3. Motherscratcher said...

    I remember the Kyle Denney incident.  If I’m not mistaken he used to make a little extra cash in the off season dancing at Club Secrets on Olentangy.

  4. DonCoburleone said...

    Completely off topic here, but how much do you wanna bet that the Braves end up getting swept by San Diego at home?  That would just be a perfect synopsis of this team over the last 4 seasons.

  5. Melody said...

    @RickyB… I totally see your point, and I think virtually all universities have strict rules against hazing at this point.  When I was in school, I had to sign a “no hazing” pledge just to start up a school magazine.  But if college and high school hazing had consisted of wearing gogo boots and Dorothy dresses, people probably wouldn’t have been so concerned about them, either.  It was the accidental deaths that really caught people’s attention.

  6. Will said...

    @Melody: exactly. Making a rookie ball-player wear silly clothes is not in the same league as the frat-house barbarity that caused deaths and gave hazing a bad name.

  7. smsetnor said...

    RickyB:  I was wondering the same thing the other day.  Whenever a college/high school student does these things (fraternity or sports team), lawsuits ensue.  Interesting on how differently the media covers those.

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