This was a very different bash at the beach.
Pro wrestlers swapped the steel cage for the batting cage at MCU Park in Coney Island on Wednesday night, taking part in a star-studded softball match before the Cyclones’ 3–1 win over the Lowell Spinners.
World Wrestling Entertainment stars Ryback, Fandango, Eva Marie, and Charlotte teamed up with other celebrities and members of the city’s fire and police departments at the annual Celebrity-Civil Servants All-Star Challenge, and the grapplers said they were eager to take part — even if they’re more used to slamming other people than homers.
“I’ve been to a batting cage probably once in the last 10 years,” said WWE diva Charlotte — the daughter of league Hall of Famer Ric Flair.
The rasslers stepped up to the plate and signed autographs to celebrate Brooklyn hosting this year’s SummerSlam — the league’s second-biggest show of the year — which will take place at Barclays Center on Sunday.
Other celebrities taking to the field included “Good Day New York” anchors Greg Kelly and Rosanna Scotto — a Dyker Heights native who led the blue team against Bensonhurst-raised Mets Hall of Famer John Franco’s red team.
Team Scotto ultimately lost 12–7, but Kelly hit an inside-the-park home run for the side and said he was thrilled just to take part.
“I’ll do anything for Rosanna and John Franco, which apparently includes losing,” he said.
Kelly, who grew up in Long Island, said spending the evening in Coney Island brought back fond childhood memories.
“It’s so beautiful and so New York,” he said. “I’ve been on these roller coasters. My mother lost her shoe off of that [parachute jump] when she was 16. This is home.”
The celebrity cameos will continue at SummerSlam this weekend — comedian Jon Stewart announced on Tuesday that he will host the event — his first public appearance since retiring from “The Daily Show” earlier this month.