Steve Lyons

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Stephen John "Steve" Lyons (June 3, 1960-) is a retired Major League Baseball utility player who played nine seasons for four different teams – but usually garnered headlines for his eccentric on-the-field behavior. The Boston Red Sox selected Lyons in the 1st round (19th overall) of the 1991 Major League Baseball Draft. He had three different turns in a Boston uniform (1985-1986, 1991, 1992-1993), but spent his longest consecutive streak with the Chicago White Sox (1986-1990) – having been traded mid-season for Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver. During his career, Lyons earned the nickname "Psycho" for his at-times unusual behavior, including playing tic-tac-toe and hangman with his spikes in the infield dirt during games. As a member of the White Sox, he infamously lowered his pants during a 1990 game against the Detroit Tigers to empty dirt after sliding headfirst into first base. That same season, in an exhibition game against the Chicago Cubs, he had the rare honor of playing at all nine positions. Lyons retired with career batting totals that included a .252 batting average, 19 home runs, and 196 RBIs, and after leaving the game has worked as a color commentator.