Washington Nationals pitching coach Steve McCatty was one of several players included in a series of 1980s beefcake photos unearthed by Baseball Prospectus on Tuesday, and it didn’t take long for the Nationals players to catch wind of McCatty’s seductive shirtless pose.
Within hours of McCatty’s 1984 Playgirl photoshoot coming to light, Nationals pitcher Dan Haren had already reportedly had shirts made commemorating its retro awesomeness:
Haren got T-shirts of McCatty's Playgirl shot made today. "UNTUCK" on back. "Utter joy," Clippard said. "This is the best day of my life."
Until Wednesday, however, no one had actually seen the shirts in question. Thankfully, Gio Gonzalez changed that, modeling one for the media before his start in the Nationals’ extra-inning win over the San Francisco Giants.
Here’s a full-size view of the shirt, if you really want to see it up close and personal:
The shirt really is incredible, if embarrassing to McCatty, and should be regarded as a national treasure. But apparently it was more of a hit with some in the Washington clubhouse than others.
“I could have done without that revelation,” Nats manager Davey Johnson told the Washington Post. “If you had asked me who that was, I could not have figured it out. If I had 100 years, I couldn’t figure out who that was. There’s been a big change in the last 30 years. I didn’t know he had that good a body, and I didn’t know he had that much hair.”
In addition to the Nationals, the other DC-area Major League team was also up to some wacky clothing hijinx on Wednesday. The Baltimore Orioles made news when they channeled the Tampa Bay Rays, dressing up for their road trip to play the Toronto Blue Jays.