When David Ross begins in the upcoming 24th season of “Dancing with the Stars” he’ll be the very first professional baseball player to ever compete on the dance floor. Will he be able to hit a home run, or will he strike out?
The new season of “DWTS” starts on March 20, so before he and his competitors hit the dance floor let’s consider the pros and cons.
Athletes have done well in the ballroom before. Some of them have been football players (Emmitt Smith, Hines Ward and Donald Driver), while others have been olympians (Apolo Anton Ohno, Kristi Yamaguchi, Shawn Johnson, Meryl Davis and Laurie Hernandez). Baseball players are untested on “DWTS,” but athleticism is always an asset when training for the dance floor.
Ross has also managed to play on two different baseball teams that won the World Series: the Boston Red Sox in 2013 and the Chicago Cubs last year. Both teams have had a history as underdogs, so don’t count him out.
His partner on “Dancing with the Stars” will be Lindsay Arnold, who will be competing as a professional dancer for the fifth time. She’s managed to make it to the finals twice before when she was paired with Alek Skarlatos in season 21 and last season with Calvin Johnson. She also finished in eighth place in the ninth season of FOX’s “So You Think You Can Dance” back in 2012, so she’s a seasoned competitor.
Since no professional baseball player has ever competed for the Mirror Ball Trophy before, there’s no track record for how they’ve done on the show (yet).
While Lindsay Arnold has made it to the finals twice, she finished in third place both times. The first time she competed was with another athlete, professional boxer Victor Ortiz in the 16th season in 2013, but they only finished in eighth place. Her third time was with Boyz II Men singer Wanya Morris on 22 last year, where they finished in fourth. So she hasn’t yet proven she can take a celebrity all the way to the top.
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