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Jake “The Snake” Roberts sang “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” last night at Turner Field

May 18, 2013, 5:40 PM EDT

Jake Roberts AP

This story is only tangentially linked to baseball, but it’s a slow Saturday afternoon, so what the heck. As you’ll see below, former pro wrestler Jake “The Snake” Roberts led the Turner Field crowd in “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” during last night’s game between the Dodgers and Braves.

Roberts (whose real name is Aurelian Smith, Jr.) doesn’t have the best singing voice, but that shouldn’t come as any surprise to those who watched him wrestle in the 80s and 90s.

The 57-year-old Roberts has had all sorts of issues with drug and alcohol addiction, but he has cleaned himself up recently with the help of another former pro wrestler, Diamond Dallas Page. These days, Roberts is doing things like tweeting pictures of his gluten-free cookie mix. 2013 is weird, man. But in all seriousness, it’s nice to hear that he is making an effort to turn his life around.

  1. tfbuckfutter - May 18, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    Really nice to see him smiling and looking healthy.

    I haven’t followed wrestling since the mid 90s, but I was definitely a big fan as a kid and it’s hard to see how some of these guys who were so mesmerizing ended up. Dying young, falling apart, drug and alcohol addiction….it’s really nice to see and hear about guys like Page and Marc Mero trying to help them out.

    • victoriasueno - May 18, 2013 at 8:42 PM

      Jake the Snake is the man. I’ll never forget the night he got Randy Savage in the ropes and Lucifer bit him. Fake or not, that was awesome TV.

      • tfbuckfutter - May 18, 2013 at 8:59 PM


        Randy’s wedding to Miss Elizabeth.

        Totally remember that.

  2. raiderinvader - May 18, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    Jake is the man ! really happy for him.he really did a DDT on the song.

  3. jaredo10 - May 18, 2013 at 6:11 PM

    man I miss being a kid and watching this guy. great entertainer and happy to see him back on track

  4. thebadguyswon - May 18, 2013 at 6:22 PM

    Nice feel good story. And what a guy Diamond Dallas Page is for helping Jake and Scott Hall turn their lives around.

  5. cocheese000 - May 18, 2013 at 6:37 PM

    Hope he stays on the sober path

  6. rcdck - May 18, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    He’s not a former wrestler, but rather a former actor.

  7. threefingerclown - May 18, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    Maybe tomorrow they can get Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat to sing “God Bless America.”

    • tfbuckfutter - May 18, 2013 at 9:17 PM

      I feel like maybe you’re being a little racist with that comment….

      But Ricky is from New York.

      • threefingerclown - May 18, 2013 at 9:35 PM

        You’re on to me. I was being racist by suggesting that my favorite wrestler from childhood should sing a song that’s commonly sung at every ballpark in America. Way to read something into absolutely nothing.

      • tfbuckfutter - May 18, 2013 at 9:43 PM

        Fair enough.

        But you can understand how pointing to a stereotypical foreign wrestler and suggesting they sing God Bless America could be interpreted as a weak attempt at humor, right?

        That said….Ricky was an amazing wrestler.

      • jsips - May 18, 2013 at 10:12 PM

        Why would you think that Ricky Steamboat is a foreign wrestler? He was suppose to be Hawaiian, and last time I checked that is one of the 50.

      • tfbuckfutter - May 18, 2013 at 10:23 PM

        jsips, I admitted that how I took his comment was wrong.

        I recall Ricky being presented as a Japanese stereotype. I don’t recall him being billed from Hawaii, but either way he was a typical Asian stereotypical character in a time when the WWF wasn’t exactly progressive in their handling of different cultures.

        Which is why I took his initial comment to be racial in nature.

  8. danindelray - May 19, 2013 at 8:07 AM

    Typical Asian stereotypical characters:
    Dr Fuji and Mr. Saito, i.e., underhanded cheating heels.

    Ricky Steamboat wrestled as a baby face his entire career!

    Try again tfbuck.

    • tfbuckfutter - May 19, 2013 at 9:52 AM

      What does being a good guy or a bad gay have to do with anything?

  9. learysdisciples - May 19, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    And the guest conductor for the Schlubs 7th inning stretch on Monday is…..

  10. anxovies - May 19, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    Similar to Mike Tyson’s rendition of One Night in Bangkok in Hangover Part II.

  11. rlatimer2013 - May 22, 2013 at 8:51 PM

    Check out a short movie he did a scene in last year called Hogtown – the Movie on YouTube – he was pretty funny in it in the last scene

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