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Dress-up night highlights Brewers' youth

Dress-up night highlights Brewers' youth

Dress-up night highlights Brewers' youth

NEW YORK -- Eighteen players who began the season with less than one year of Major League service time were forced to dress in costume for the Brewers' late-night flight from Atlanta on Wednesday, a recent record as far as co-organizer Yovani Gallardo was concerned.

Considering the Brewers' better play of late, that figure actually gave Gallardo a bit of hope about the team's future.

"With all the young guys we have in here, it's something to look forward to," said Gallardo, who makes his final start of the season Friday night. "The way they've been playing, they go out there giving 100 percent each time out, and they're going to get better with experience."

Gallardo picked out the costumes with fellow veteran pitchers Kyle Lohse and Tom Gorzelanny. At least a half-dozen players were dressed in caps and gowns, a sign they had graduated to a year-plus of MLB service. Others were not as lucky, including 5-foot-10 second baseman Scooter Gennett, dressed in a diaper, and 6-foot-9 pitcher Johnny Hellweg, dressed as a giant crayon. Reliever Rob Wooten was a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader, and outfielder Khris Davis was Rainbow Brite.

Once in New York, the team bus stopped a few blocks short of the hotel so young players could walk the rest of the way.

"It was fun," Gallardo said. "That's always something you look forward to. The big thing was we got a win yesterday, too. That makes it a lot more enjoyable."

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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