Rookie dress-up latest in loose atmosphere for Cubs

Javier Baez and his fellow Cubs rookies eagerly participated in rookie dress-up day, just another way the team has kept things loose this season. Jesse Rogers/ESPN.com

CINCINNATI -- It felt as if the entire Chicago Cubs team was wearing dresses after Thursday afternoon's 5-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds, but in fact it was only the rookies. The Cubs have so many of them, it made the annual rookie dress-up more fun than usual as the many first-year players donned their costumes for the plane ride back to Chicago.

"I knew it was coming," Kyle Schwarber said. "I didn't know when but I'll wear it with pride."

Schwarber was dressed as Little Red Riding Hood, while rookie of the year favorite Kris Bryant had on an Elsa costume. Carl Edwards, Matt Szczur, Jorge Soler and Addison Russell also wore dresses.

"It's great," Edwards joked. "I feel sexy."

Rookie dress-up is a tradition for many teams, but for the Cubs it's just one of several days this year that manager Joe Maddon has taken advantage of to keep things loose. He had a magician perform for the team before a game in New York, and instituted "pajama night" on an overnight flight home from California. Then came "zoo day" at Wrigley Field.

"It means we're in the big leagues," Edwards said.