Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Joe Nathan loses bet, dresses like Romo
By Richard Durrett
ARLINGTON, Texas -- A Tony Romo lookalike trotted out onto the field at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington for batting practice Tuesday to the laughs, smiles and cheers from the Texas Rangers players.
Such is life when you’re closer Joe Nathan and you lose a bet with teammate Mike Adams on the outcome of the Dallas Cowboys-New York Giants NFL opener last week. The Cowboys’ 24-17 victory meant Nathan, an unabashed Giants fan, had to dress in a full Cowboys uniform complete with pads, helmet and, of course, Romo’s name and his No. 9 on the back.
Adams and Nathan agreed that the loser would have to wear it for all of batting practice. And Nathan added the stipulation that the loser had to sign autographs for five minutes after so that the television cameras could get a nice view.
“I regret that I added that,” Nathan said.
Nathan had a jersey with Adams’ name on it ready to go had the Giants won the game. Nathan was a good sport, taking snaps from teammates in the outfield and throwing passes.
Asked how he was able to carve up the Giants defense, Nathan smiled and said: “They are always good. The Giants are the best team ever.”