Former Montreal Expos outfielder Warren Cromartie has put down his bat, and intends to take things to the mat. Cromartie, 53, will make his pro-wrestling debut on Sunday in Japan at "Hustle Aid." Cromartie became a fan favorite in Japan, and hopes his luck will continue into the ring this weekend.
Cromartie will be involved in a tag-team event, and is going to bring his A-game.
"I have to represent all baseball players," the 53-year-old Cromartie said Tuesday. "I've got a reputation here, I've got my fans in Japan so I'm taking this seriously and have been training real hard."It complicates things that one of his opponents, Tiger Jeet Singh walks around with a sword in his mouth and says he wants to hurt Cromartie. Has it never occurred to Singh that carrying a sword in your mouth might actually be more dangerous to him than his opponent? Perhaps not.
Cromartie doesn't seem fazed. As he says, he's been in brawls before - he's taken a punch, and he's thrown one. He's not scared. I would be. But he isn't.
"Pro wrestling is a vicious game, a dangerous game," Singh said. "He should stick to baseball. I'll teach him a lesson once and for all."
"I'm going to take him out just like on a double play," Cromartie said. "I'm going to go from first to third and take him out with a home run chop." He is a little crazy walking around with a sword in his mouth but I'm not afraid of him."This wrestling gig will be quite a change for the former Japanese MVP. After all he did retire from baseball over a decade ago. But he does follow in the footsteps of famous athlete wrestlers Karl Malone and Dennis Rodman. I suggest he try this move.