Retired New York Mets catcher Mike Piazza joins the ballet

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Usually when athletes retire they play golf, become sportscasters, or even just sit back and enjoy the fruits of their labors. Of all the things they could possibly do, one of options people would least expect is join the ballet. However, that's exactly what former New York Mets catcher Mike Piazza is doing.

Piazza is set to appear in "Slaughter on Tenth Avenue" with the Miami City Ballet. His role, a gangster, has a few lines of dialogue, then watches the rest of the performance from a chair onstage, Newsday reports. "The bottom line is to draw attention to the show, to the arts, the art of ballet and dancing in general. It's something I'm very excited about," Piazza says of the opportunity.

He realizes not everyone may be as appreciative of the dance form as he is, joking, "If I have to take a few good-natured insults, you know, I've taken a lot of abuse before so, no question, I've got big shoulders." Piazza says his performance came about as a gift for his 6-year-old daughter, who is a student at the Miami City Ballet School.

"Slaughter on Tenth Avenue" opens in Miami on May 3.
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