Mike Piazza starred as a catcher in the Majors for years, but he will be under a very different spotlight on May 3. According to CBS Sports, Piazza will be making his ballet debut for the Miami City Ballet’s production of George Balanchine’s Slaughter on Tenth Avenue at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Miami.
The production released a statement to the press regarding Piazza’s involvement in the ballet. Basically, don’t be signing the former slugger up for Dancing with the Stars anytime soon:
Piazza will not be dancing, leaping or catching ballerinas. But he will be sporting a 1920’s-era gangster costume, throwing out a few lines Al Capone-style and then sitting back and watching the stage come alive with dazzling dance routines, a gorgeous Strip Tease Girl, a tap-dancing Hoofer and the colorful Ladies of the Ballet.
It was Piazza’s six-year old daughter, Nicoletta, a student at Miami City Ballet School, and MCB’s Artistic DirectorLourdes Lopez, who, together prevailed upon him to pinch hit as the Gangster in Slaughter on Tenth Avenue for this May 3, one-night only, guest appearance. Although this is not Piazza’s first acting experience – he’s been a spokesman for Pert Shampoo and appeared in the TV sitcom Married with Children and the movie Two Weeks Notice – he never imagined that he would appear on stage as a cast member in a ballet production.
“It’s going to be a lot of fun seeing the reaction of my two little girls,” said Piazza, who played for the Florida Marlins, the New York Metsand is the author of The New York Times best-selling memoir, Long Shot (Simon & Schuster, 2013). “My oldest daughter is a student at Miami City Ballet Schooland for her to have the opportunity to see Daddy on stage is my little gift. I’m looking forward to it.”
In addition to his time with the Mets, Piazza also suited up for the Dodgers early, the Marlins, and then was a Padre and Athletic later in his career.
He retired in 2007 with a .308 lifetime batting average and 427 home runs. Piazza earn his place as one of the greatest hitting catchers of all time.
These days, he serves as a coach of the Italian side for the World Baseball Classic and he released a best-selling memoir, Long Shot, in February. Obviously, those commitments could stand to be supplemented.
What better way to fill some free time with an ultimate Daddy-Daughter Day?