Nashville fans witnessed the Will Ferrell Minor League debut last night as the comedian donned a thick mustache and golden chains and took the field as Venezuelan pitching miracle Rojo Johnson. Drinking beer on the mound and eventually getting ejected and chased around the field, “Rojo” is an instant classic. Check out the full story, with pictures and video below!
The comedic juggernaut says that the “Rojo” moment was relatively spontaneous. He was visiting the Nashville area to promote a golf tournament to help raise money for charity when the Triple-A team manager, Reid Ryan, contacted him with the idea.
The Will Ferrell Minor League debut definitely screamed of the actor’s famous comedic style, but he says idea belonged to Mr. Ryan.
“This opportunity just came out of nowhere,” he said Friday afternoon. “We were coming to town to promote our first Texas fundraiser when (Express CEO) Reid Ryan from the Express reached out to us with this great idea for promoting the event, and ‘Rojo’ was born. The Ryan family and the entire staff with the Express were just awesome. I had a blast out there, and I especially enjoyed the camaraderie of my new teammates. We will be houseboating together this weekend.”
In a genius move to flesh out the storyline for unwitting fans, Ryan posted an update on the team’s website prior to the game, detailing their new acquisition of the Venezuelan phenom.
“The Round Rock Express have acquired Billy Ray “Rojo” Johnson. The right-handed pitcher will be in uniform for Thursday’s 7:05 p.m. CDT game against the Nashville Sounds,” said the post. “Johnson, who was born in East Texas but was raised in Venezuela, recently had his prison sentence commuted. He served time for running a smuggling ring that imported rare and illegal species of reptiles into the United States from South America during the mid-to-late 1990s. Thursday night’s game marks Johnson’s first in American professional baseball after a storied career in the Venezuelan leagues.”
Most fans apparently found out that the comedian would be there on the night, and guessed the plot once the ridiculously mustached “Rojo” took the field. But others were appalled at what they thought was the team’s new acquisition.
“People called and said they couldn’t believe we signed this guy because we’re a family business,” said Ryan.
Awesome! What did you think of the Will Ferrell Minor League debut? Was “Rojo” good enough for a move up to the big league? Let me know in the comment section!
In case you missed the performance, check out the pictures and video below!
Photos: www.wenn.com/Apega, Agent47, Anthony Dixon, Chris Connor, Judy Eddy, Joseph Marzullo, L. Dixon