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.)

2 comments… add one

  • You can thank corporate sponsors for that…Nike bestowed A-Rod on our new third baseman. Pretty imaginative, huh?

    B February 25, 2004, 7:48 pm
  • It is lamentable, though not all of those old nicknames were much more imaginative than our bevy of X-Rods (every lefty a Lefty; every redhead a Red). And many others wouldn’t pass pc muster these days (“Chief” for Native Americans, and don’t even ask why they called him “Nig” Clarke).

    YF February 25, 2004, 11:52 pm

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