Curtis Granderson talks WWE, Wrestlemania 23 and his 'finisher'
Does Curtis Granderson have a future in the WWE?
Well, he's already got a finisher in the works.
"It'd have to be something where everybody in the audience knew it was coming," Granderson said. "I'd do a little signal so everybody would know. I don't know if I would have come off the top rope at all, but it definitely would have been something good."
The Yankees centerfielder, who recently released his second children's book, "All You Can Be: Learning & Growing Through Sports," grew up a big fan of wrestling. He still follows the WWE and TNA -- albeit less frequently because of the grinding MLB schedule -- and attends house shows when he gets the chance.
"I get texts from people who say, 'Hey, "Raw" is coming to Chicago this weekend,' or, "Smackdown" is coming, are you going to be able to go?' "
A participant in the 2011 MLB All-Star Game, Granderson mentioned the Undertaker, Hulk Hogan and "Macho Man" Randy Savage among his favorite wrestlers growing up, according to prowrestling.net. He also said that Wrestlemania 23 in Detroit was the best live sporting event he has attended.
In fact, given the chance to trade his 2007 season with the Tigers, when he hit 23 home runs, 23 triples, 38 doubles and stole 26 bases -- one of only four players in MLB history in the "20-20-20-20" club -- for a spot in the main event that year would have been a no-brainer for a younger Granderson.
"I didn't even know what 20-20-20 was, so I definitely would have chosen Wrestlemania," Granderson said. "I would have loved to have been a part of it. Make sure my entrance music was great, [and] come out and have a great finisher."
If Granderson ever did step into the ring -- something that seems unlikely considering how busy he keeps in the offseason as an overseas ambassador for MLB, traveling to Europe, South Africa, China, New Zealand and Taiwan in recent years -- he'd join a long line of pro athletes to make a cameo.
Karl Malone and Diamond Dallas Page took on Dennis Rodman and Hulk Hogan in a WCW match at Bash at the Beach on July 12, 1998; Pete Rose was tombstoned by Kane at Wrestlemania 14; and Lawrence Taylor squared off against Bam Bam Bigelow at Wrestlemania XI in September 1995, to name a few.
It wouldn't be the first time Granderson took a shot at another sport, though; don't forget, just a week ago he was hitting home runs at a Wiffle ball event in the Bronx.
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