Fans dressing up as their favorite pro wrestlers at WWE events is not unusual, but it's not every day that a major league All-Star is among the cosplayers.
Just hours after the Orioles played the Boston Red Sox at Camden Yards June 4, there was Orioles center fielder Adam Jones in the front row at WWE's "Extreme Rules" pay-per-view event at Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore dressed as former WWE star Virgil.
Jones was joined in costume by seven of his pals (including bullpen catcher Jeff Ruiz and three clubhouse attendants), who were dressed up as well-known WWE characters Big Bossman, Razor Ramon, "The Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase, Jimmy Hart, Booker T, Irwin R. Schyster and Stone Cold Steve Austin.
"We all have enjoyed wrestling as kids, and we're still big kids at heart," Jones told PressBox. "To dress up and have some fun is what it's all about. We love having a good time and love that the fans enjoy it as much as we do."
The fans at Royal Farms Arena cheered loudly when Jones was shown on the video screens during a break between matches. Jones refused to break character, as he stared stone-faced into the camera with his arms crossed just as Virgil did back in the day.
It wasn't the first time Jones has gotten some face time during a WWE pay-per-view in Baltimore. At "Payback" in May 2015,
New Day pointed to Jones in the front row
and taunted him about the Orioles having not won a World Series since 1983.
Jones' love for WWE also has been on display at the All-Star Game in recent years, as he has presented the WWE championship belt given to him by WWE to the winners of the Home Run Derby. After the Derby winners did the televised postgame interview clutching the belt and posed for photos with it, Jones, of course, took it back to Baltimore with him.
When WWE Hall of Famer Ron Simmons attended an Orioles game in June 2016, Jones chatted with Simmons on the field prior to the game and the two took part in a
in the clubhouse.
Who knows? Perhaps Jones will be slamming behemoths in a WWE ring some day in addition to slamming home runs.
L-R: Bill Miller (Big Bossman), Jeff Ruiz (Razor Ramon), Adam Jones (Virgil), Ryan Arnold (Ted DiBiase), Andrew Guinart (Jimmy Hart), Justin Drummond (Booker T), Patrick Thomas (Irwin R. Schyster) and Jeremi Arroyo (Stone Cold Steve Austin).