David Eckstein’s flirtation with TNA was mentioned yesterday, though I’m not quite ready to deal with the sad fact the Miami Herald can just reprint press releases from wrestling promoters without employing The New York Daily News’ Slammer.
I’m not sure what to make of the fact that the first I’ve heard of the incident mentioned below comes from Chuck Meehan forwarding the story, but that might be an indication that TNA’s pay-pay-view matches aren’t selling very well.
Catcher A.J. Pierzynski of the 2005 world champion Chicago White Sox picked a fight with World Series MVP David Eckstein of the 2006 world champion St. Louis Cardinals during the TNA pay-per-view Turning Point on Sunday, Dec. 10 from Universal Studios Orlando.
Pierzynski had a shoving match with Eckstein. Pierzynski’s pal Dale Torborg (above), the strength and conditioning coach for the White Sox and formerly the Demon in WCW, slugged Eckstein’s brother, Rick, a minor league coach.
”Dale and I were a little upset that they got the big entrance, yet we just got introduced from the [seats]. Plus, they got the [entrance] music, and we didn’t,” Pierzynski said. “It was a little disappointing. We got a little jealous, so we took out our frustrations on them.”
Pierzynski and Torborg tore Eckstein’s new inspirational children’s book, Have Heart, which led to the pull-apart.
”As a kid, I always enjoyed wrestling,” said Eckstein. “All that went down. Wow. That was unbelievable. Things got a bit heated with A.J.”
As I’ve mentioned far too many times, Pierzynski’s got a little too much history in this sport for it to be a fair fight.
Of course, the same could be said of David Arquette, Dennis Rodman and Kevin Greene, so perhaps I’ll quit while I’m ahead.