Tuesday Trivia: Modern Baseball Nicknames
You know who "Big Papi" is. Do you know who "Pronk" is?
Many fans talk about the good ol’ days of baseball before steroids and $198 million contracts. It’s true; some of the magic is gone from our nation’s pastime. However, the brilliant nicknames aren’t. If anything, they’ve gotten better: graduating from Yogi and Three Finger to Fat Elvis and Big Unit. Here are some of the best modern baseball nicknames.
“El Pulpo” or "The Octopus"
- Antonio Alfonseca has six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot, which is a condition known as polydactyly.
- Lance Berkman’s mother thought he looked like Elvis. During an interview, Dan Patrick asked him, "The fat one or the skinny one?" Berkman answered: "I guess the fat one."
“The Hebrew Hammer”
- Ryan Braun’s nickname is a nod to the Jewish superhero comedy starring Adam Goldberg.
- Born John Paul Bonser, he picked up the nickname during childhood and changed it legally in 2001.
- At 6-foot-4, 230 pounds and with a huge smile, Big Papi somehow just fits David Ortiz.
“The Big Hurt”
- Frank Thomas got the nickname from a Chicago broadcaster who watched him belt a 450 foot home run during the 1992 season.
- Travis Hafner’s modern baseball nickname is derived from two others that his people would sometimes refer to him as: "The Project" and "Donkey." These were given to him for the way he looked when running the bases.
- This is one of those simple and perfect modern baseball nicknames for the intimidating pitcher Dontrelle Willis.
- Stuck with the same name as the country crooner, Kenny Rogers
also gets to share his nickname.
- This nickname is shared by the Royals’ Covelli Crisp and the Reds’ Francisco Cordero, but “Coco Crisp” sounds better.
“The Big Unit”
- Tim "Rock" Raines gave this nickname to the 6-foot-10, mulleted, mustachioed, 98-mph chucker Randy Johnson
- Now that he’s in his late 30s, Eddie Guardado’s arm isn’t as durable as it was when he was with the Twins.
- Get it? Roy "Doc" Halladay.
- Here’s another one: Tom “Flash” Gordon. Get it?
- His nickname isn’t as good or catchy as Kevin Youkilis’ last name.
- Tallying strikeouts won Francisco Rodriguez his nickname.
- Félix Hernández got this nickname at 19 years old, before he even became a prince.
- Larry Jones got this nickname in childhood.
- The animated Eric Byrnes is also called "Crash Test Dummy," "Flipper," "Side (Byrnes)," and "Pigpen."
“Pat The Bat”
- Designated hitter Pat Burrell’s batting skills won him a better name than “It’s Pat.”
- Scott Kazmir is also called "Kid K," "K-Train," "Kazmanian Devil," and "Scotty K."
- Translated into English as “The Duke,” Orlando Hernández’ father gave him this nickname as kid.
- Good old crazy Manny Ramirez