The Los Angeles Dodgers passed their first midseason finish line on Sunday by clinching a playoff berth in early September, pasting the San Diego Padres and polishing off Joe Musgrove in the process.
And what better way to celebrate a miniature milestone (mini-stone?) than by dressing up in costume? After all, the Dodgers never really get to celebrate Halloween, considering how often they’re still active in the playoff picture when late October rolls around. Might as well pull off a themed roadtrip before the regular season wraps.
The actual theme of this trip was somewhat nebulous (“costumes in general”?), but the Dodgers went above and beyond to show off their pop culture knowhow, often in tandem. Teamwork. The best costumes typically used teamwork.
And the best costume — or, at least, the loudest — featured Joey Gallo, Andre Jackson, Cody Bellinger and Justin Turner as Chippendales Dancers (without a single Farley in the mix).
Gallo and Jackson, of course, were the only two to go au naturale, while Bellinger and JT had a little bit of help in the padding department.
Dodgers’ Joey Gallo, Cody Bellinger as Chippendale’s Dancers won playoff clinch dress-up day
And after they left the locker room, things got even better.
Hanser Alberto, a long-time friend of Gallo dating way back, got accosted by the group on the bus to the airport, and couldn’t contain his enthusiasm. “Belli!”
The best of the best, from the rest of the crew? Thanks for asking. Honestly, everybody passed the test, though it’s fair to wonder why Tony Gonsolin went in a Mermaid Man/Barnacle Boy tandem when he could’ve gone as Goose alongside Clayton Kershaw. Did Tyler Anderson ask Goose before claiming Goose? Feels like a conversation that need to be had.
Our personal favorite is the simple route: Dustin May, draped in bread, going as the Gingerbread Man.
Or, more specifically, the Ginger Bread Man.
Though many Dodgers dressed together (additional shoutout to Mookie Betts and Freddie Freeman as vintage Tiger Woods and his caddie), Trea Turner went it alone as Jordan Belfort.
Entering an offseason where he’ll be facing free agency looking to secure the bag, Turner stood alone and flipped money directly at the camera. Sure that won’t get meme’d.
Let the Dodgers have their fun now. Then, let them get serious next month … before, hopefully, some more fun when it’s all over.
Some teams celebrate by popping bottles. The Dodgers celebrate by popping buttons. We are not the same.