Some professional athletes have a tough time adjusting to life once their career is over. Not legendary baseball player Mike Piazza.
The record holder for most career home runs by a catcher (427) in baseball history made his ballet debut as a hit man in a Miami City Ballet production of George Balanchine’s “Slaughter on Tenth Avenue.” The show is being performed at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Miami.
He was urged to fulfill the role by his wife and daughter. While the ballet stage is a completely different animal than a baseball diamond, Piazza does get a deja vu feeling from his playing days (via Newsday).
“I haven’t had this much attention since I hit two home runs in one game or played in the World Series,” Piazza said after Friday afternoon’s dress rehearsal. “When I get up there, it’s almost like a flashback and a deja vu feeling. But I don’t have to worry about a 90-mile-an-hour fastball coming at me anymore.”
“The preparation, the discipline, perfecting your craft . . . It’s actually pretty similar and something I can relate to,” said Piazza, 44, a Miami Beach resident. “To see how hard these performers work is impressive. It’s similar to [baseball] in that you see the finished product but you don’t see all the practice that happens behind the scenes.”
It’s definitely one of the more unique retirement hobbies we’ve seen from a professional athlete here at Gamedayr. With that being said, it’s just another display of how talented Piazza really is.
In the video below, Piazza discusses his decision to pursue the ballet.
Video via SouthFlorida.com