KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Astros outfielder Colby Rasmus hasn't been shy about making fashion statements since coming to the Astros. The center fielder, who homered in Friday's 10-4 win over the Tigers, bought a camouflage custom suit last year during Spring Training, and in the playoffs, he was photographed shirtless while
KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Astros outfielder Colby Rasmus hasn't been shy about making fashion statements since coming to the Astros. The center fielder, who homered in Friday's 10-4 win over the Tigers, bought a camouflage custom suit last year during Spring Training, and in the playoffs, he was photographed shirtless while wearing ski goggles during the celebration after the Astros beat the Yankees in the Wild Card Game.
Now Rasmus, along with fellow outfielder Carlos Gomez, is helping some of the younger Astros push the fashion limits as well. The pair has purchased custom suits for outfielders Jake Marisnick, Derek Fisher, Jon Kemmer and Eury Perez and pitchers Jandel Gustave and David Paulino.
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The players were measured for the suits earlier in the spring and had them delivered Friday.
"It's cool, man," Rasmus said. "It's fun to do stuff like that. I feel honored to be able to do that. I feel blessed. Me and Gomey got together on that and did that for those boys. I'm pretty excited about it. I hope one day they can get to a position they can play for a long time, and they can do that to some other kids and kind of keep that going, to just have fun with it and get them feeling fresh and looking good and enjoy 'The Show' and their careers."
Gomez said he received similar treatment early in his career with the Mets from players like Pedro Martinez, Jose Reyes, Carlos Beltran and Moises Alou.
"I learned from the right guys, so I tried to continue the tradition," he said. "When we have the opportunity to do this for another young guy, we have to continue to bring that to the young players. Like Colby said, we're blessed that we can do this. They see how good you feel when you put a nice suit on, so they work hard to stay here. That's the main thing."
Paulino, who stands a lanky 6-foot-7, probably never looked so good in a suit.
"He said, 'I feel like a big leaguer,'" Gomez said. "It's fun to see them smiling. They had nice shoes and a custom suit. I see this kid with a big smile on his face, and I feel I'm doing my job right."
Marisnick appreciated the gesture.
"[Rasmus] is a good dude, and for him to go out and do that for the young guys is huge," he said.
Rasmus got himself some new threads as well. He purchased a turquoise suit with a blue shirt and blue pants. He also ordered a red velvet suit, which he plans to wear when the Astros travel to New York to face the Yankees on Opening Day.
"Everybody is going to be looking good," Rasmus said. "This is 'The Show.' It should be fun. We're not going to try to disrespect nobody. We're having fun with it and trying to look good, and hopefully that will carry over onto the field, and it's just about feeling good and comfortable."
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