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Davey Johnson accepts invitation to be on All-Star staff and Steve McCatty stars on a t-shirt

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SAN FRANCISCO — Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson accepted an invitation from San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy to be a coach on his staff at the 2013 All-Star Game.

Johnson has known Bochy since he was a coach in the New York Mets’ system and Bochy was a player, so the two go way back and Johnson was thrilled to accept Bochy’s invite.

“I’m looking forward to it,” Johnson said. “It’ll be fun. Maybe he can teach me a few things on how to gear up my offense. He’s doing a heck of a job over here.”

Johnson managed the National League All-Star team in 1987, as the manager of the 1986 World Series winning team. He found some nice symmetry in that Bochy, the Giants’ manager, would be managing the game in New York while Johnson, then the Mets’ manager, managed his All-Star team in Oakland. 

Johnson will likely be joined by several of his players at the mid-summer classic at Citi Field this July. The Nationals had four players named to the All-Star team in 2012 in Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez, Ian Desmond and Bryce Harper. 

– The Nationals’ clubhouse was a loud, lively, laid-back place on Tuesday and plenty of the players were thrilled to have a new piece of attire to wear.

A photo from a 1980s edition of Playgirl magazine featuring none other than pitching coach Steve McCatty was unearthed recently by Baseball Prospectus. 

The picture, which is of a shirtless McCatty, was quickly printed onto T-shirts with the word “Untuck” written on the back. Untucking, of course, is also what Rafael Soriano has tried to get his teammates to join in on after he saves a game and untucks his jersey.

Every pitcher in the clubhouse had one on, but, needing to have them made in such a short amount of time, there wasn’t enough for the entire roster — though there’s a good chance that could be rectified soon.

The pitchers, who listen to McCatty trash talk them an awful lot, were thoroughly enjoying the entire thing.

McCatty, a former pitcher for the A’s, tried to let it roll off his back.

“I took the picture,” he said with a shrug.

“I could’ve done without that revelation,” quipped manager Davey Johnson. “If you’d have asked me to tell you who that was, I could not have figured it out. If I’d have had 100 years I couldn’t have figured it out. There’s been a big change in the last however many years. What, 30? I was hoping it was more like 50.

“I didn’t know he had that good a body and I didn’t know he had that much hair.”

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Amanda Comak

Amanda Comak

Amanda Comak covers the Washington Nationals and comes to The Washington Times from the Cape Cod Times and after stints with MLB.com and the Amsterdam (N.Y.) Recorder. A Massachusetts native and 2008 graduate of Boston University, Amanda can be reached at acomak@washingtontimes.com and you can follow her on Twitter @acomak.

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