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Michael Stutes is no Molly Ringwald

As part of his rookie-initiation process, Phillies reliever Michael Stutes has been carrying around a pink Hello Kitty backpack all season -- complete with a long pink boa and a stuffed dog.

Not only does the right-hander have to carry it to every city, but he has to walk to and from the bullpen every day with the backpack on on his shoulders.

Good luck sneaking that one past the Cardinals faithful on Tuesday before Game 3 at Busch Stadium.

What does Stutes' girlfriend think of the whole thing?

“She’s highly amused,” Stutes said.

Eh, it’s not that bad. Earlier this season he had to dress up in an outfit that was half-ballerina, half-professional wrestler.

Now that was embarrassing.