Texas Rangers closer Joe Nathan trotted out onto the field at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on Tuesday afternoon decked out in a full Tony Romo Dallas Cowboys uniform — shoulder pads, helmet, the whole bit – during the team’s batting practice session before a game against the Cleveland Indians.
Nathan, a noted New York Giants fan, was outfitted in the unusual attire in order to settle a bet he made with fellow Rangers bullpen member Mike Adams, who is a huge Dallas Cowboys fan.
The Rangers closer had no choice but to honor the terms of the wager — the terms being that whoever’s team lost, that guy would have to don the rival’s full uniform before a game this week — after his Giants lost to the Cowboys last Wednesday.
Nathan appeared to have some fun with it, even goofing around by bouncing a baseball off his helmet, as he attracted throngs of media members as he stopped to sign autographs for fans. Teammate Derek Holland even strapped on the Cowboys helmet:
Before the game, Nathan told FOX Sports’ Anthony Andro that ”It feels just like I thought it would, absolutely terrible,” which makes a lot of sense in light of the bitter rivalry that exists between Giants and Cowboys fans. Hopefully, Nathan didn’t stop by Extreme Pizza in Dallas for a slice and a soda, although I imagine he has the funds to cover the exorbitant price charged to Giants fans.
It appears the pregame hijinks did little to distract Nathan from the job at-hand, as the closer shut down Cleveland’s bats in the ninth, setting the side down in order to notch his 32nd save in the 6-4 Texas victory.