Photo of John Jaso of the Pittsburgh Pirates speaking with former teammates on the Tampa Bay Rays. 

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Former Tampa Bay Rays catcher and designated hitter John Jaso is barely recognizable these days. The retired MLB player was hounded by an usher at Tropicana Field on Thursday night when he tried to get close enough to converse with his former teammates in their dugout. The Tampa Bay Rays were hosting the Boston Red Sox. After multiple attempts, Jaso was eventually able to catch the attention Rays third base coach Matt Quatraro from the stands.

Jaso was seen donning a tie-dyed tank top, board shorts and his trademark dreadlocks. These days he is enjoying retirement via leisurely activities like sailing and going to the beach. The California native spent four years with the Tampa Bay Rays with brief stints as a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates, Seattle Mariners and Oakland Athletics. His most notable achievement came on September 28, 2016 when he hit for the first cycle in PNC Park history.

Jaso is in excellent company when it comes to not being recognized and shouldn’t feel embarrassed. Actor Jack Nicholson who has been a Los Angeles Lakers season ticket holder since the 1970’s, was recently asked to show his ticket by a Staples Center usher.


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