MLB’s Players weekend aims to allow players to express themselves this weekend, and the Rays will do just that.
Not only will they wear monochromatic white jerseys — the Orioles had first choice and opted for black — but the players will sport nicknames on their jerseys.
Here’s a primer on what the Rays will bring to the diamond.
Some of the nicknames the Rays players will be sporting this weekend are fun, such as Emilio Pagan using EMILIOOOO from the movie scene in A Night at the Roxbury; Travis d’Arnaud’s LITTLE “D” playing off his name; Mike Brosseau’s FRENCHY because that’s what coach Ozzie Timmons calls him since he can’t pronounce his name; Oliver Drake’s BUCKO, which was a childhood name; and Jesus Aguilar’s EL CAUSA, which he said is Venezuelan slang for a good buddy.
But the coaches’ nicknames are much more interesting. That’s because they agreed to take suggestions, some snarky, from each other that were written anonymously on a white board during the spring. Of note, no staffer will admit to making the final decisions and submittals.
But that is how Cash’s jersey reads ROCCO’S SEAT WARMER, tying in former coach and current Twins manager Rocco Baldelli. Other coach nicknames: Matt Quatraro FUN POLICE, Kyle Snyder MR. 5 FOR 5, Chad Mottola’ 50-50, Rodney Linares EL CAPITAN, Timmons OVERTIME, Paul Hoover EL SENSITIVO and Jonathan Erlichman RESULTS MATTER.
Other player names worth noting:
Willy Adames THE KID
Jose Alvarado POCHO (a fruit which his mother made into a drink for him as a kid since he didn’t like milk)
Nick Anderson ANDO
Jalen Beeks BEEKER
Diego Castillo SAMABA
Ji-Man Choi G-MONEY
Matt Duffy DUFFMAN
Avisail Garcia UNCLE AVI
Guillermo Heredia EL CONDE (his dad’s nickname when he played in Cuba)
Kevin Kiermaier THE OUTLAW
Andrew Kittredge KITT
Austin Meadows MEADS
Charlie Morton GROUND CHUCK (for all the ground balls he gets)
Tommy Pham PHAMTASTIC
Colin Poche PO
Chaz Roe RANCH (a nickname his friends call him at home)
Aaron Slegers SLEGHAMMER
Eric Sogard NERD POWER (with an emoji)
Ryan Yarbrough YARBS
Mike Zunino Z