Cleveland Indians outfielder Nyjer Morgan sure knows how to keep the attention of a crowd. Tuesday afternoon the first-year Indians center fielder requested that his ‘walk-up’ music for his at bats be switched to the theme for WWE superstar and current WWE World Heavyweight champion Daniel Bryan.
The theme, “Flight Of The Valkyries,” blared from the speakers at Progressive Field during the five at bats for Morgan, in which he put up three hits and had two RBIs. The crowd responded with the now famous “Yes” chants that have made their way through sporting and entertainment events throughout the country. “Little bit of a WWE fan so you know I had to come out to Daniel Bryan,” Morgan laughed after the Tribe win. “I know he’s the ‘People’s Champ,’ so I like to call myself the ‘People’s Champ’ too.”
Morgan, who is making it tough for the Indians on not playing him everyday, is now hitting .389 on the season, and filling in well for the injured Michael Bourn, who started the season on the 15-day DL with a strained hamstring, and is still not ready to come back and play at the Major League level.
The music for Morgan is fitting, as the character of Bryan is that of an underdog who never gives up, and that’s the same with Morgan, who is back in the U.S. playing baseball after 108 games last season playing for the Yokohama DeNA BayStars of the Central League in Nippon Professional Baseball. Overseas he hit .294 with 11 homers, and it was enough to get a minor league deal with the Indians this offseason. The speedy outfielder said the idea to use Bryan’s music came to him while sitting with his wife during a viewing of WWE’s Monday night program after the Indians and San Diego Padres were rained out Monday night at Progressive Field. “My wife and I we were kicking back last night and watching ‘Monday Night RAW’ and Daniel Bryan he came on and I kind of got a little (woojoo) from him,” Morgan said.
Morgan is doing whatever it takes to stay on the field, fitting in with the music that he’s switched to when it comes to the plate in Bryan. With the crowd on his side doing the “Yes,” chant, the man who frequently refers to himself as “Tony Plush,” is not only getting to be a Progressive Field favorite, but also is doing what it takes to make it tough for the Indians to not have him at the top of the their batting order.