Don’t you hate it when you get dirt in your pants? (It makes you do a funny dance…) And pants… ugh… they’re so oppressive.
Steve “Psycho” Lyons, a major league baseball player for the Red Sox, White Sox, and Expos, among others from 1985-1993, had quite the relationship with infield dirt, it seems. He is said to have gotten his nickname, “Psycho,” for playing tic-tac-toe in the dirt with his spikes during games. But what made Psycho a truly memorable baseball player, worthy of his very own Throwback Thursday post?
It happened one night in Detroit, 1990. Psycho slid head first into first base after a bunt. The ump called him safe, but he was out. So ump and coach went for it, naturally. And Psycho, for sliding, had some dirt in his britches… so while standing by the base, he casually unbuckled his belt and subsequently dropped trou to loosen up those pesky dirt clods.
The moon shone out brightly over Tiger Stadium. We all got a glimpse of his white under-things, until suddenly, Psycho Steve “realized” he had exposed himself to a crowd of 14,000 never-to-be-the-same-again men, women, and children, and Psycho Steve awkwardly pulled his culottes back up again.
No no, Psycho Steve, we do not take our pants off at first base. Maybe at third… but please, this is a family event, and what’s more, you’re on television (Not HBO).
You’re not going to believe it until you see it, so here it is…
Check out the video of the blooper here:
And watch it again with commentary by Steve Lyons here:
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