When the New York Yankees re-acquired Alfonso Soriano in 2013, the man who showed up in uniform looked quite different from the gangly, near-40-40 second baseman who first arrived back in 1999. The bulked-up Soriano was primarily an outfielder/DH towards the end of his career, but could still mash, and went on a magical run midway through that lost summer, ultimately smashing 17 bombs in 58 games with an .850 OPS.
What if we told you that, in retirement … he got even … stronger?
Recently, we saw Soriano’s Christmas card, and noted how jacked he looked under the evergreen. But when the retired slugger rolled up to Wrigley Field on Wednesday — yes, in a “HOT DAD SUMMER” gray tee — it was hard not to be terrified of facing off with him in a hypothetical arm wrestle.
The Yankees may not have roster space for the 46-year-old Soriano to bolster his Hall of Fame resume, but surely the Cubs do, considering they seemingly fall 19-6 every single day. Maybe he could be your Designated Position Player Pitcher?
Soriano made the rounds pregame, then settled into a seat that could barely contain him for the Cubs-Padres showdown on Wednesday.
Be honest. This is a Jose Canseco Physique, and isn’t at all what you expected from Sori, regardless of whether or not it’s Hot Dad Summer.
Former Yankees star Alfonso Soriano is at Wrigley Field and looking jacked
Want to feel even older? Why would you? But, in case that tickles your fancy … Soriano was in attendance with his 15-year-old son, who wasn’t born yet when his Game 7 homer nearly won the 2001 World Series for the Yankees.
In fact, the last time he was at Wrigley Field, he was about the size of his dad’s biceps.
Also … Soriano CHANGED INTO THE “HOT DAD SUMMER” SHIRT between BP and gametime. Certified legend.
Watch this space. Any time a Yankee from the ’90s shows off surprising physical stature, we WILL be there. When Glenallen Hill gets a perm and pops a bicycle wheel with his glutes, we’ll be there. When Ron Coomer breaks a glass bottle with a targeted stare, we’ll be there.
Like Soriano’s shirt, we’ve barely got you covered.