This is perhaps the most awesome thing in the history of awesome. It would be even more awesome if the Indians were winning, but we'll take what we can get with this team right now.
Everyone remembers little league when after the game, the coach would select the player of the day. So, sometimes coach chose someone who wasn't really the best that day, or ever, but you had to spread the wealth around and make everyone feel welcome. Well, with that nod from coach came the game ball. A little token that you had a good day at the diamond.
How much more awesome would it have been if instead of a dingy ball coach presented you with a wrestling championship belt? Pretty freaking awesome, right?
That's just what the Indians will be doing from now on thanks to Jerry Lawler.
Jerry "The King" Lawler, WWE announcer, gave the Indians an official WWE championship belt before Tuesday's game. Travis Hafner, a big wrestling fan, will present the belt to the Indians player of the game after each victory. At the end of the season, the player who has won it the most will get to keep the belt.
There's so many different angles to take on this one. You can imagine that someone like Cliff Lee would probably hate this. I envision Pronk handing over the belt and Lee tossing it casually into the bottom of his locker. Other guys, though, like Garko, I think would wear the belt out that night, showering the next morning, and until the very moment when he had to give it up to another guy.
And someone has to play the heel. Imagine Garko having the belt one day. The next, Kerry Wood pitches perfectly and Pronk decides to give Wood the belt that night. Then, out of nowhere, comes Jamey Carroll, who up to that point has never won the belt. Chair to the head! Carroll grabs the belt, talks some smack, and wanders through the bowels of Progressive Field while Eric Wedge plays the role of the ignorant and dazed ref who was distracted by the the antics of Ben Francisco, who was pleading on behalf of his friend Ryan Garko.
And then you hear the Undertaker's music.....
Yes, this can go on all day.