Found May 23, 2013 on Sportress of Blogitude:
On Tuesday, Baseball Prospectus delivered one of the most strange and disconcerting but tremendously amusing posts in the site’s esteemed history. It featured images of what now can only be considered an ill-conceived gambit by Playgirl in the early 1980s where the magazine published beefcake photos of scantily clad MLB players on its pages in [...]The post Gio Gonzalez models shirt featuring Nationals pitching coach’s Playgirl photo appeared first on Sportress of Blogitude.
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