Big Papi prancercising?
Yes, David Ortiz prancercised before the MLB All Star Game at Citi Field in New York City, and there is video to prove it.
As Ortiz, the Boston Red Sox star says on the video embedded above, “time to stop talking and start prancing.” He gets an assist from fellow AL All Star Jose Bautista, the Toronto Blue Jays star right fielder. Ortiz, a.k.a. Big Papi, passed Harold Baines on July 10 to become the most productive DH in MLB history.
Of the prancercise video, ESPN notes that “Big Papi is a nine-time All-Star, has over 400 career homers, and is the all-time hits leader among designated hitters. But maybe the most impressive thing about Ortiz (okay, not really) is that he can prancercise. Check out Ortiz, with a little help from Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista, showing us all exactly how it’s done.”
If you’re unfamiliar with prancercise, it is a exercise routine created by Joanna Rohrback. Though Rorhback came up with Prancercise in 1989, it recently became a hit when her YouTube video showing the routine went viral. Rohrback formed an LLC late last year, and also sells a book touting the benefits of prancercise. “When I finally developed the moves, I felt like it was a horse prancing in a parade,” she said. It led her to the perfect name for her fitness regimen.
According to Rohrback’s website, Prancercising is “A springy, rhythmic way of moving forward,similar to a horse’s gait and ideally induced by elation.” Prancercising even found its way into a John Mayer video.
Before the game, the Bleacher Report opined that “You can try but will ultimately fail to beat this dynamic duo at the fine art of prancercising. Our only hope is that one of these sluggers decides to walk up to the plate in the same way on Tuesday night.”
Bautista didn’t prancercise to the batters box, but he does have one RBI via a sacrifice fly. Ortiz is 0 for 2 as of the eighth inning.
What do you think of the David Ortiz and Jose Bautista prancercise technique?