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Friday, May 13, 2022

When A-Rod, Jeter and more posed shirtless

But at some point, the shirts came off, and multiple photos were taken at different angles. How, or why? There are varying opinions on it.

“I’m pretty sure it was nothing scripted,” Verducci said. “It wasn’t like, ‘Hey, let’s think about pictures we’d like to get and, hey, why don’t we get a picture of all these guys shirtless?’ I was definitely not aware of that. I think it was an impromptu shot.”

Iooss wasn’t sure if he asked the group to remove the shirts or someone just went ahead and did it. Either way, he seemed to hint at one particular person to de-shirt first.

“I’m sure A-Rod was the first to take it off,” he said. “Oh yeah, he was like Ronaldo or something.”

And then the rest of the four players followed suit.

“I worked out a lot so I wasn’t worried about taking a photo without my shirt,” Ordóñez said. “I thought it was cool.”

“It’s another example of the power of peer pressure, I think,” Verducci laughed.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 13, 2022 at 04:20 PM | 13 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. JimMusComp misses old primer... Posted: May 13, 2022 at 06:37 PM (#6076603)
Looked this up the other day as a lark. What an AMAZINGLY silly photo. And Ordoñez should have just been happy to be there.
   2. JJ1986 Posted: May 13, 2022 at 09:04 PM (#6076623)
For four of these guys, this picture is a footnote. For Alex Gonzalez, it's the thing in his career that he's most known for.
   3. nick swisher hygiene Posted: May 13, 2022 at 09:26 PM (#6076626)
So I’m absolutely not gonna RTFA, but….what about the matching chains?
   4. The Yankee Clapper Posted: May 13, 2022 at 09:54 PM (#6076634)
I think there was a thread here when the SI article & photo came out.
   5. SoSH U at work Posted: May 13, 2022 at 10:20 PM (#6076638)
This place didn’t exist in ‘97, did it?
   6. My name is Votto, and I love to get Moppo Posted: May 13, 2022 at 10:27 PM (#6076642)
I think Alex Gonzalez is mostly known for being asked, "which Alex Gonzalez are you?"
   7. Howie Menckel Posted: May 13, 2022 at 10:33 PM (#6076643)
I know we started voting in HOM in 2003, and that wasn't the first year of the site or my posts.

but I doubt it goes back to 1997.

I believe the AOL "get everyone to buy our disk and you can get on the innerwebs" came in 1996. before that, just some college geeks and such, iirc.
   8. Rally Posted: May 13, 2022 at 10:51 PM (#6076647)
I think Alex Gonzalez is mostly known for being asked, "which Alex Gonzalez are you?"


He’s the one who played short in the 2003 NLCS
   9. The Yankee Clapper Posted: May 14, 2022 at 01:19 AM (#6076670)
This place didn’t exist in ‘97, did it ?
Not 100% sure, and the early Baseball Primer content may not be ‘officially’ part of BBTF, but, FWIW, I seem to recall discussing the glorious 1998 Yankee season here, and I thought that wasn’t my 1st year here. Could be wrong, that was a long time ago, back in the pre-registration era. Let’s ask the BTTF historian.
   10. Captain Joe Bivens, Pointless and Wonderful Posted: May 14, 2022 at 09:15 AM (#6076688)
This is quite an unusual picture. It has a "Boys in the Band" vibe about it. NTTAWRT.
   11. Ned Garvin: Male Prostitute Posted: May 15, 2022 at 11:49 AM (#6076795)
The Time of Infinite AOL CD-ROMs was in the early '90s, though I suppose it may have continued into the mid and late '90s. 1997 was approximately when we first got graphical browsing (Netscape). I do not know the history of this particular website, but if it was around in 1997 already, it probably existed in a much different form.
   12. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: May 15, 2022 at 12:07 PM (#6076797)
I think Netscape was significantly before 1997. I started college in 1994 and I’m pretty sure we had it then.

Edit: I looked it up. From Wiki: “The company's first product was the web browser, called Mosaic Netscape 0.9, released on October 13, 1994. Within four months of its release, it had already taken three-quarters of the browser market.”

So I guess my school was an early adopter.
   13. Howie Menckel Posted: May 15, 2022 at 02:19 PM (#6076806)
AOL "Subscribers boomed from 1.1 million at the beginning of 1995 to 7.8 million at the end of 1996."

The movie Tom Hanks/Meg Ryan "You've Got Mail" - exploiting interest in the new craze - was released in 1998.

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