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If not for baseball, Giants' Ross might have been a rodeo clown

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San Francisco Giants outfielder Cody Ross(notes) had a backup plan if he couldn't make it in the major leagues. And he wouldn't be saddled with no button-pushing job like blogger, neither.

What do you think of Cody Ross: Rodeo clown?

Were it not for his own hittin' and catchin' and base-stealin' abilities, rodeo life might have been the calling for Ross, who grew up in New Mexico and Texas as a real-life cowboy's son. Well, a chiropractor by day and a cowboy at night, anyhow.

Ross' father was a team roper and a steer wrestler, so li'l Cody on weekends would dress up like a clown — big red nose, the whole bit — and watch from the grandstand, dreaming of life on the circuit.

From the Associated Press:

"Maybe one of these days when I'm done playing I can go back and rekindle that," Ross joked as the Giants prepared for their NL championship series against the Phillies starting Saturday in Philadelphia. "In the back of my mind I knew what I wanted to do when I got older and as a career. I wanted to be a professional baseball player. It's the only thing I ever wanted to do after I wanted to be a rodeo clown."

"Cody Ross" is a really good cowboy name, at that. Can't say the same about Nate Schierholtz(notes). Anyway, Giants manager Bruce Bochy can see Ross going cowboy on us.

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"He's nimble, he's quick," Bochy said of Ross' former plan. "That's a tough job. It's a dangerous job. You ever seen them work, rodeo clowns? They're the guys that help out the bull riders and get the bulls away. They put their life in jeopardy trying to save the rodeo guys. I'd like to see him in one of those barrels running around trying to get the bull away."

Oh, WOULD he? Well, Bochy is probably too late. At 29, Ross has pretty much established himself in the majors. He's not like Hermie the Elf who wanted to be a dentist but was miscast. Baseball is working out.

The time might come, though, for Ross to buy himself some bulls and live out his other dream.

"You have to protect the guy from getting stepped on and run over," [Ross said.] "I just liked the way they were, maybe it was the mentality they had, no fear. That was probably the reason I was so drawn to them."

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