For the second straight year, Major League Baseball is celebrating Players’ Weekend, where each team adorns unique uniforms and allow the players to put whatever nickname they want (barring something inappropriate, obviously) on the back of their jerseys. The uniforms, for the most part, aren’t aesthetically pleasing but there are a few good ones. The Reds’ home whites looked pretty good last year and Oakland and Milwaukee have solid ones this year. The players also had fun with it last year, too and some came up with some pretty creative stuff (Joey Votto and Shin-Soo Choo’s “Tokki 1 and Tokki 2” and Kyle Seager’s “Corey’s Brother” come to mind.)
Without further ado, here is the Reds’ version of Players’ Weekend 2.0:
The first thing that stands out with the uniforms is that, since they will be in Chicago that weekend, they will be wearing the road greys instead of the white that they wore last year. They don’t look quite as good as last season, but they aren’t awful. I’m also not sure what they were doing with the reddish tint on the hat’s logo. That doesn’t look good at all.
Now, for the nicknames. First of all, baseball players as a whole are not very creative. Seriously. “Tuck”, “Harv”, “Barney”, and “Cas” are about as bland as you can get. But every team has a handful of “take the player’s lat name, abbreviate it, and throw a -y at the end” so the Reds aren’t outliers there. The Reds do have some good ones. First, I love “El Ciclon” for Raisel Iglesias. It’s perfect for him. And Eugenio Suarez using his daughter’s name “Nicolle” is the most adorable thing ever. Wandy Peralta using “La Grasa”, which translates to “fat” is hilarious.
The one that stands out the most, though, is that Joey Votto continues to cement himself as the most interesting man in baseball. After pairing up with the aforementioned Choo for his nickname, he opted to use “In Flanders Fields” this year. In Flanders Fields is a Canadian poem written by Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae in 1915 during World War 1. This is something that you come to expect from Votto, who continues to be one of the most thoughtful players in the game.
Anyways, the rest of the nicknames are in the embedded tweet above. Discuss them in the comments, if you’d like. Enjoy the off night.