Thursday, August 10, 2017

Players Weekend Brings Nicknames and Funny Socks

As I'm sure you know by know, the last weekend in August will be "Players Weekend" -- which happens to coincide with Little League World Series weekend in Williamsport. I mention that last part because the festivities that weekend is not only about celebrating each ballplayers personality and passion, but it's also an opportunity for them to be kids again.

Each player and coach on the field will get their own special uniform emblazoned with their own chosen nickname on the back, and the right sleeve of each jersey will have a patch with a blank space for them to write the name of a person or organization that was important to their development.

Obviously, the main draw for fans will be the goofy nicknames each player chooses, but I think there is something else worth noting first. Apparently, everyone will be wearing colorful and outrageous socks, as well. See what I mean on the right.

Per Mark Newman at
"The journey from youth leagues to Major League Baseball is one that players don't take alone," Commissioner Rob Manfred said. "Major League players have been supported by family members, coaches and organizations that helped them develop their unique skills and overcome challenges to reach the highest level of the sport. These games will allow the players to thank those who were important in their lives while showcasing their personality in a fun way that fits baseball's community-driven focus."
All of the Dodger jersey's are available for sale through the MLB. Go here to check them out. Below is a brief listing of some of my favorite Dodger nicknames for that weekend. At the very bottom I've done my best to catalog all the different nicknames we'll be seeing for the Dodgers.

Cody Bellinger                                  Chase Utley

Both Kenta Maeda and Hyun-Jin Ryu ise nicknames they received when they played in Asia.

Kenta Maeda                                  Hyun-Jin Ryu

Here's another favorite of mine. Below is the jersey for Andre Ethier.

Andre Ethier

Lastly, this next jersey isn't of a Dodger. Instead, it's a jersey being worn by an older brother of a current Dodger. Below is the jersey nickname for Kyle Seager.

Luis Avilan = Avi
Pedro Baez = La Mula
Austin Barnes = Sam
Cody Bellinger = Codylove
Tony Cingrani = Grani
Yu Darvish = Yu-San
Grant Dayton = G Money
Andre Ethier = Daddy
Clayton Kershaw = Kersh
Josh Fields = Fields
Logan Forsythe = Logie Bear
Adrian Gonzalez = El Titán
Yasmani Grandal = YRG Jr
Franklin Gutierrez = El Guti
Chris Hatcher = Hatch
Enrique Hernandez  = Kiké
Rich Hill = Brice
Kenley Jansen = Ma'Montro
Scott Kazmir = Kazmir
Adam Liberatore = Liberatore
Kenta Maeda = Maeken
Brandon McCarthy = Bmac
Brandon Morrow = B Mo
Joc Pederson = Dizzy
Yasiel Puig = Wild Horse
Hyun-Jin Ryu = Monster
Corey Seager = Seager
Rob Segedin = Segedin
Brock Stewart = Stewart
Ross Stripling = Chicken Strip
Chris Taylor = CT3
Justion Turner = Redturn2
Chase Utley = Silver Fox
Tony Watson = Watty
Alex Wood = Woodman
Josh Ravin                    = El Cuervo

Josh Bard = Bardo
Juan Castro = One
Steve Cilladi = Viper
Rob Flippo = Flip
Bob Geren = Bob Green
Rick Honeycutt = Honey
Tim Hyers = Tom
George Lombard = Lombard
Manny Mota = Geronimo
Dave Roberts = Doc
Turner Ward = Country
Steve Yeager = Boomer

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