The Washington Nationals took Internet gold and made it into a priceless fashion treasure.
For the Win reports that Nationals players did the one sensible thing you do when you find out your pitching coach once posed for Playgirl: You make a t-shirt with the picture.
If you have the time, I highly encourage you to read Clair's work, which features hilariously written descriptions for each picture.
The first image is this one of Steve McCatty who is now the pitching coach for the Nationals. Of course, when something like this gets out, players have to see out the joke to the logical end.
Here is ace Gio Gonzalez wearing the shirt, while also posing like McCatty, via Jack O'Beam:
I have never wanted a shirt more than I do right now. Forget all those Star Wars tees they have at Hot Topic or other stores; I want a McCatty t-shit, and I want it now.
In fact, we now have your very next Nationals promotional giveaway idea. Free McCatty shirts featuring the once dapper pitcher looking seductive to the first 50,000 fans.
It would be absolute bedlam at the turnstiles.
Ryan Zimmerman had this to say to 106.7 The Fan, via DC Sports Bog: "It’s pretty incredible. It’s a perfect T-shirt, and what a picture. It’s one of the better T-shirts I’ve seen in the eight years I’ve seen them made."
McCatty was far less chatty with his comments, offering the simple, "I took the picture." Even if he is embarrassed, this doesn't seem to be going away anytime soon.
The Washington Post's Adam Kilgore had more from Tyler Clippard:
Adam Kilgore @AdamKilgoreWP
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."5/21/2013, 11:52:45 PM
There is a lesson in here somewhere—perhaps how the past can come back to haunt us, or how you should think carefully about your decisions.
I am at a loss, because all my brainpower is being used on how to acquire baseball's rarest and most prized gem.
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