Flashback Friday: The Blue Jays Flare Magazine Photo Shoot

Anybody who can catch nine innings has my utmost respect, let alone in stilettos.

It’s not every day you find the Toronto Blue Jays in a Canadian magazine publication. So it definitely seems like something worth mentioning … a mere eight years after the fact, don’t you think?

For this week’s Flashback Friday, we take a look at the Toronto Blue Jays 2004 spring photo shoot in Flare Magazine.

The Blue Jays rounded up Reed Johnson, Chris Woodward, Miguel Batista, Orlando Hudson and Vernon Wells for this photo shoot. I don’t know the exact release date of the Blue Jays issue, but one can only assume it happened during March of 2004 during Spring Training.


For whatever reason, Flare Magazine decided it would be a good idea to incorporate members of the Blue Jays roster and models to try to sell the latest fashion trends. It definitely made for some memorable photos.

 “You see that Chris Gomez guy? He’s totally going to steal my job at shortstop.”
 Miguel Batista practices “smizing” at opposing hitters.
 And to think .. the other split-squad game had Joe West as their umpire.
“If I can run in these heels, then you can at least hit 30 home runs this season.”

Ian Hunter

Ian has been writing about the Toronto Blue Jays since 2007. He enjoyed the tail-end of the Roy Halladay era and vividly remembers the Alex Rodriguez "mine" incident. He'll also retell the story of Game 5 of the 2015 ALDS to his kids for the next 20 years.

4 thoughts on “Flashback Friday: The Blue Jays Flare Magazine Photo Shoot

  • April 27, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    Ahhh!! Our current army of sex gods needs to do this.

    • April 27, 2012 at 9:10 pm

      Meredith, Joanna had the same thoughts as well and suggested it be J.P. and Lawrie in their own spread.

      Better yet, just give them their own magazine – "Bros Weekly".

  • April 28, 2012 at 12:57 am

    Wow, surprised I've never seen this before. Orlando Hudson's is my favourite, mostly because he happens to be in it.

    • April 29, 2012 at 5:26 pm

      I just stumbled across it randomly one day. And yes, O-Dogg is the man.

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