Joe Nathan loses bet, dresses like Tony Romo

ARLINGTON, Texas – A Tony Romo lookalike trotted out onto the field at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington for batting practice Tuesday to the laughs, smiles and cheers from the Texas Rangers players.

Such is life when you’re closer Joe Nathan and you lose a bet with teammate Mike Adams on the outcome of the Dallas Cowboys-New York Giants NFL opener last week. The Cowboys’ 24-17 victory meant Nathan, an unabashed Giants fan, had to dress in a full Cowboys uniform complete with pads, helmet and, of course, Romo’s name and his No. 9 on the back.

Adams and Nathan agreed that the loser would have to wear it for all of batting practice. And Nathan added the stipulation that the loser had to sign autographs for five minutes after so that the television cameras could get a nice view.

“I regret that I added that,” Nathan said.

Nathan had a jersey with Adams’ name on it ready to go had the Giants won the game. Nathan was a good sport, taking snaps from teammates in the outfield and throwing passes.

Asked how he was able to carve up the Giants defense, Nathan smiled and said: “They are always good. The Giants are the best team ever.”

Adams said he enlisted the help of Cowboys equipment manager Mike McCord to obtain the official uniform.

So how did it feel wearing a Cowboys jersey?

“It feels just like I thought it would – absolutely terrible,” Nathan said.

Nathan said he played football when he was very young, prior to high school.

“I was real small in high school,” Nathan said. “I would have gotten crushed.”

Nathan said that he and Adams may try to get together later in the season for the second game between the clubs at Cowboys Stadium and that they’ll definitely put something on the line then, too.

“I’m extremely pleased,” Adams said. “This is probably the best bet I’ve ever won in my entire life. This is up there.”

The bet came up almost right away, shortly after Nathan signed. Adams has a Cowboys helmet in his locker and is a season-ticket holder. Nathan, whose locker is beside Adams’, noticed right away.

“The first thing he told me was, ‘I saw that crappy helmet in your locker and I’m a Giants fan, so we should have some good bets going on,’” Adams said.

Adams added that he also made a bet with general manager Jon Daniels, who must wear a Cowboys hat during a session with the media sometime soon.