10/09/2002 11:08 pm ET
Ventura, the voice of a generation?
By Kevin Colligan / MLB.com
MINNEAPOLIS -- Seventeen years after missing his chance to croon on "The Wrestling Album," a schlocky collection of songs mutilated by the muscle-bound performers of the World Wrestling Federation, Minnesota Gov. Jesse "The Body" Ventura got his chance in the spotlight Wednesday night.
Accompanied by former Twins outfielder Tony Oliva, Ventura led a boisterous, capacity Metrodome crowd in a seventh-inning stretch rendition of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" ... and demonstrated why he's not called Jesse "The Pipes" Ventura.
Let's just say, Ventura delivered a somewhat halting performance.
Gov. Ventura is no musical novice. The former Navy SEAL-turned-biker was once a bodyguard for the Rolling Stones. He then launched a successful career as a professional wrestler and wrestling commentator before branching into acting and politics.
It was as a feathered boa-wearing wrestler commentator in 1985 that Ventura appeared on "The Wrestling Album," providing comic relief between songs alongside wrestling promoter Vince McMahon and fellow commentator "Mean Gene" Okerlund.
An actual Ventura quote from the record: "There's only one fitting way to end this album -- let's us three sing a duet."
Unfortunately for Ventura, despite his heated demands, he was not allowed to record a song.
Kevin Colligan, an executive editor for MLB.com, does not now, nor has he ever owned a copy of "The Wrestling Album". This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.