The WWE is all about getting as much positive mainstream publicity as possible, and one of the best ways to do that is by having current or former superstars appear at sporting events.
With former undisputed world champion Chris Jericho throwing out the first pitch at Sunday’s St. Louis Cardinals game and retired legend Jake "The Snake" Roberts singing "Take Me out to the Ball Game" at a recent Atlanta Braves game, the WWE is all over Major League Baseball.
After two very interesting performances, let’s break down exactly how Jericho and Roberts did during their outings at the old ballgame this weekend.
Chris Jericho’s Pitch Is Just a Bit Outside
The first observation worth noting about Jericho’s ceremonial first pitch before the Cardinals took on the Brewers in St. Louis (h/t MLB.com)—the home of Sunday’s Extreme Rules PPV, hence the reason he was out there—is what he was wearing.
Not only was Jericho sporting the frosted tips and faux hawk, but the tight jeans also scream rock-and-roll star through and through. Despite his appearance, Y2J played up to the crowd and shook off a few imaginary calls before launching the ball toward home plate.
At least the WWE Superstar was making the players laugh with his jokes and not just his throw (h/t the St. Louis Cardinals' Twitter):
St. Louis Cardinals @Cardinals
WWE superstar @IAmJericho threw out today's ceremonial pitch. And then, he apparently told jokes to Matt Adams. http://t.co/hBsq5nZQ742013-5-20 00:50:59
While I couldn’t quite find the words to describe Jericho’s pitch, legendary announcer Bob Uecker’s "Just a bit outside" quote in the movie Major League is as accurate a description as anyone could ever find.
At least Jericho looked cool while he showed just how erratic his ability to throw a baseball really has become. Take a practice throw, Y2J.
Jake "The Snake" Roberts Is a Changed Man
The sad tale of Jake Roberts is one that many wrestlers have seen in the past, but unlike those facing addiction before him that weren't lucky enough to find help, the WWE legend showed with his rendition of "Take Me out to the Ball Game" that he is on the road to recovery.
Roberts has Diamond Dallas Page to thank for his success.
While it’s clear that years of abuse have taken their toll on the wrestling star, a new outlook on life has led him to clean up his act and participate in fun events like he did when he belted out a tune at the Braves game.
It’s wonderful to see a man that was in a very dark place before utterly change the way he lives his life, and with the MLB helping to show the world just how much work Roberts has done to himself, Atlanta and the league deserve credit as well.
This is an inspirational story that the WWE should be contributing to even more.
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