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Inspired by our why A-Rod can't play for the Iranian baseball team post yesterday, blogger Paul Katcher dug up an old post about Sports Illustrated's most homoerotic photo shoot.

The five players in the shot, taken back in February 1997, are Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Alex Gonzalez, Rey Ordonez and Edgar Renteria. We imagine the poor photographer, being told he was in charge of the swimsuit shoot this year, then realizing that he had suddenly, tragically, been reassigned.

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Seriously, though, how did this photo shoot start? "OK, everyone, you're the biggest, most up-and-coming shortstops in the game today, so we wanted to get a shot of all of you together. Now ... off with those shirts, people. Come on, come on, we're all adults here."

Sports Illustrated's Landmark Moment in Homoeroticism [PaulKatcher.com]