John Cena’s Grandfather Played Major League Baseball?

It’s been more than eighty years since babe Ruth swung a bat during in a Major League Baseball game, yet that doesn’t stop people from comparing their star to the Hall of Famer.

The latest offender? WWE.

“John is Babe Ruth, he’s everything to us. And a real warrior,” CEO Vince McMahon said about John Cena. “It’s just in him and he loves it so much, even when he was a little kid. I don’t know if you’ve seen some of the videos where he’d have a mini-championship belt made out of cardboard and all that kind of stuff. And on top of it, he’s a hell of a guy.”

Now, outside of Cena being the biggest star in the wrestling world, there really aren’t a whole lot of similarities between him and the legendary New York Yankees slugger. Matter of fact, the 15-time World Champion’s grandfather has more in common with Ruth than he does.

It’s true.

Cena’s grandfather, Tony Lupien, played six years (1940-1948) for the Boston Red Sox, Philadelphia Phillies and Chicago White Sox. The former first baseman hit .301 with 2006 hits (632 in the Majors) during his professional baseball career with his best season coming in 1947, nearly two years after serving in World War II.

Perhaps that explains why Cena is a huge baseball fan. You’ll recall, the WWE Superstar even loaned his championship belt to David Ortiz following the Red Sox 2013 World Series victory.


(h/t Dan Glickman)