The Sexist

Alex Rodriguez’ Amazing 1997 Beefcake Photo Shoot

Sorry I haven't been posting much today, but I've been mesmerized by this amazing photo of Derek Jeter all afternoon.

Remember 1997? Bill Clinton had just begun his second term in office, Titanic was a hit at the box office, and the nation's five most famous shortstops got together to lay around and pose topless—save for five matching gold chains—for a photo spread in Sports Illustrated. The image appears in a Sports Illustrated photo retrospective called "Derek Jeter: Off the Field." The set is accompanied by a collection of "tips from SI photographers on how to shoot sports."

But the tips left me searching for answers on how an aspiring sports photographer might recreate this magnificent tableau: Like, when you're shooting five baseball players at a time, is one of them necessarily going to end up looking a little creepy—in this case, Rey Ordonez? Do you have to provide the chains, or do they just show up wearing them? What is the correct lens to shoot a shortstop beefcake photo? (A friend is betting on a slight fishbowl). How do you convince these guys that this is a good idea? Finally, how can we bring 1997 back?

  • amy

    as a 17 year old baseball fangal - I really liked this article. I owned two copies of this edition of SI.

    I was really excited when I saw the link, but the picture just reminds me how much my 'type' has changed since my teen years.

  • TJ

    You're right... Rey Ordonez does look creepy. Like that guy at the bar that all the women are trying to avoid...

  • Reid

    Ha, I remember that article. It was a long piece about how MLB was blessed with all these great short-stops, when traditionally they were these skinny guys who weren't expected to hit above .225. For what it's worth, it was considered pretty creepy, even back then.

  • kza

    Where's Nomar? Anyone under 18 is probably wondering why A-Rod is in short stop article.