Chicago Cubs' Javier Baez Bares All In ESPN Magazine's "The Body" Issue
There's several telltale signs of summer: Ice cream trucks roaming the streets, action blockbusters in the theaters, and ESPN The Magazine's ultra-revealing "Body" issue on newsstands.
The 2017 edition doesn't drop until next week, but the magazine is already teasing Cubs' second baseman Javier Baez's enticing photo spread. The 24-year-old Puerto Rican appears on one of several different covers, in a series of images shot in an old WWII airplane hangar in the middle of the Arizona desert
It was the first the magazine had done entirely on an iPhone.
"We wanted fans to have that moment of awe again where they say, ‘Wow. How did they do that?’ said editor-in-chief Alison Overholt. "This cover—and the entire shoot—turned out as beautifully as we imagined.”
There's no denying the prurient interest in seeing fine physical specimens in the all-together, but the magazine has done a good job of presenting diverse bodies, from Texas Ranger first baseman Prince Fielder and female boxer Danyelle Wolf to 74-year-old golfer Gary Player and paratriathlete Allysa Seely.
Last year's issue included out diver Greg Louganis and transgender duathlete Chris Mosier.
“As a trans person, I was in a body that didn’t really fit me for 29 years—now I feel comfortable in my own skin,” Mosier saidt. “That’s something that I’m proud of and wanted to share with other people.”
A total of 23 pro athletes, including Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, posed for the 2017 "Body" issue, which launches online July 5 and hits newsstands July 7.