Reddick brings wrestling belt to clubhouse

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HOUSTON — Two years ago, Club Astros was hopping. Last year, football helmets were all the rage. This year? Thanks to outfielder Josh Reddick, the Astros now have their own wrestling championship belt to pass around.

Reddick, a huge wrestling fan, unveiled the orange belt prior to Wednesday’s game against the Rangers. He got the idea when he was traded to the Dodgers last year and saw a wrestling belt show up in the clubhouse. He ordered custom belts for the three teams he had played for — Red Sox, A’s and Dodgers — and then ordered one with an Astros plate on the front and made of orange leather.

The belt will be awarded to the player of the game following Astros wins in a vote determined by the team. Reddick will present the belt to the winner while wearing a WWE referee shirt. There’s an Astros logo and plate with “Reddick” on one side, and an American League logo and Astros plate on the other side.

“My first idea was to get one for every team I’ve been on for my personal use and whenever I get a man cave, and have a jersey of the teams I’ve played for on the wall with a belt,” Reddick said. “It would be a cool concept for me personally because I am a wrestling fan. So I kind of said, ‘We can do a player of the game for every game.’ I got my referee shirt, so I’ll present it to whoever we give the player of the game.”

Reddick said the belt can be adjusted to whichever player wins.

“You can unbutton it and everything just like the real belts you see around,” he said. “It can even fit [Brian] McCann as much as it fits [Jose] Altuve.”

Astros fans and players have embraced Reddick’s love for wrestling as well. He watched a pair of pay-per-view events recently with pitcher Joe Musgrove, and Houston fans shower him with “Woo!” — the catchphrase of former wrestling star Ric Flair — whenever he comes to bat.

“It’s kind of surprising because I didn’t expect to get that kind of treatment when I first got here,” Reddick said.

Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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