Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo shagging fly balls at Rangers Ballpark In Arlington? Nope. It’s Texas Rangers closer Joe Nathan, the lose of a rather humorous bet between himself, a New York Giants fan, and bullpen mate Mike Adams, a die hard Dallas Cowboys supporter.
The story comes to us by way of the Yahoo! Sports NFL blog Shutdown Corner. Editor Doug Farrar informs us of what led up to the uniform and equipment switch.
As the loser, Nathan had to show up at Tuesday’s game between the Rangers and the Cleveland Indians at the Ballpark at Arlington (all too near Dallas for Nathan’s taste) in full Tony Romo regalia, complete with helmet, pads, and the Romo jersey. Nathan was so confident that his Giants would win, he added the kicker — if he lost, he’d have to wear the uni through batting practice, and sign autographs for five minutes in Cowboys gear. Cowboys equipment manager Mike McCord was happy to help.
Well, at least now, if Nathan, who has been one of the league’s most reliable pitchers this season in high leverage situations, was to suddenly fall apart down the stretch, we’ll know why.