Though a trifle by SABR standards, this piece just made me smile.
Reminds me of the great W.P. Kinsella story (and one of my all-time favorites) “How I got my Nickname”, in this collection.
Alas, where have all the great nicknames gone? Here’s to a new movement, one which actively supports the re-emergence of the memorable moniker.
(edit: Really, will there be any mystery decades down the road when a kid looks in the Baseball Encyclopedia and sees “A-Rod” parenthetically following “Rodriguez, Alex”? It’s kind of sad.)