Wrestling with Eckstein
ESPN reports that wrestling superstar Kurt Angle got some BP instruction from Pujols today. Angle was invited to Spring Training by David Eckstein, a big wrestling fan who recently managed along with A. J. Pierzynski at a pay-per-view event.
I hadn’t thought much about wrestling since I was in junior high until two weeks ago when I attended Lucha Va Voom in LA. It’s a biannual spectacle involving Mexican wrestling, comedy, and burlesque that plays to sold out crowds. The burlesque routines involved cirque du soleil antics, hula hoops, and pogo sticks. It’s truly an extravaganza beyond Vince McMahon’s wildest dreams.
Back in junior high, I was big wrestling fan. My favorite wrestler was "Rowdy" Roddy Piper and I once called in and read a poem I’d written about him when he appeared on a KMOX chat show hosted by Bob Costas. He was promoting Wrestlemania 2, when he boxed Mr. T. Roddy responded to my breathlessly-read love poem with some lewd remark, and Bob stated very sarcastically that he found the poem deeply moving. I still hold a grudge against Costas.
Spring Training haikus coming soon!