Archive for March, 2017

QUICKIE: My Thoughts on David Ross Being a ‘Dancing with the Stars’ Competitor

March 4, 2017

On March 1, 2017, ex-MLB player David Ross became the first MLB player ever to have been recruited on the show Dancing with the Stars as a competitor. Not that it matters, but I found this rather surprising, because I had assumed eons ago that an MLB player or pitcher participating would never occur on the aforementioned ABC-telecast show.

Ross, an ESPN analyst, is nicknamed ‘Grandpa Rossy,’ and had come from winning the 2016 World Series with the Chicago Cubs – which ended the then-all-time-worst 108-year title-less skid in professional sports. Having played for teams like the Dodgers, the Red Sox, and the aforementioned Cubs, he was never an MLB All-Star (batting only .229 with 106 home runs and 314 RBI in his 14-year playing career), but he’s had a respectable fan following in his own right.

DWTS, whose mother show is England’s Strictly Come Dancing (from which all international versions of it stemmed), usually has celebrities as competitors who might not have been as famous as, say, Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt, Britney Spears, or Michael Jordan. Some exceptions have been made over the years, like famed singer Patti LaBelle and NFL Hall of Famer Jerry Rice. More well-known folks on the show are usually either entertainers sitting in the CBS Television City audience (i.e., Bruce Willis when his daughter Rumer won the Mirrorball Trophy) or recording artists who are invited to perform famous songs (of which there are too many to list). (We all know that ESPN and ABC are owned by the Walt Disney Company.)

Anyway, this Grandpa Rossy on DWTS stuff already has me thinking: ‘What other MLB players or pitchers should be on the show in the future, as long as it’s still on the air?’ Hugely famous living legends like Derek Jeter and Mike Piazza – as well as current rising superstars like Nolan Arenado, Kris Bryant, and especially Mike Trout – are unlikely to ever compete. However, 1x All-Star Matt Joyce is one person I can name; MLB Network analyst Mark DeRosa is another, much better idea.

It could happen…