Well, it's the ultimate accessory if you're Mets reliever Joe Smith. Because he missed out on rookie hazing last year, Smith must wear a pink Hello Kitty backpack every time he walks from the dugout to the bullpen. Mets closer Billy Wagner presented him with the bag on June 19 and proclaimed, "It's not Hello Kitty, it's Hello Smitty -- mee-oww!"
And Smith has been living up to the demand: Recently, the bag has been seen in the dugout--the Sporting News mentioned that Tony Armas took some moisturizer out of the bag (pictured)--or on Smith's back as he walks to the bullpen. While possibly embarrassing, it might be less embarrassing than the rolling Hello Kitty backpack.
Previously, Mr. Met and Hello Kitty were caught canoodling.