Major League Baseball unveiled on Wednesday uniforms players will wear the weekend of Aug. 25-27, which is “Players Weekend.”
What is “Players Weekend”? Let MLB explain:
Major Leaguers will let their personalities and passions shine like never before when the newly created Players Weekend takes center stage during all games from Friday, Aug. 25, to Sunday, Aug. 27. … Players across all clubs will wear (nicknames) on their backs while sporting colorful, non-traditional uniforms featuring alternate designs inspired by youth-league uniforms.
MLB and the MLB Players Association announced jointly on Wednesday that Players Weekend will be a player-focused field festival of sorts, different than anything seen before at the top rung of the sport. In addition to nicknames on the backs of jerseys made by Majestic, players can wear and use uniquely colored and designed spikes, batting gloves, wristbands, compression sleeves, catcher’s masks and bats.
During Players Weekend, the players also will be able to wear specially designed caps by New Era, and unique socks from Stance. Players also can wear T-shirts highlighting a charity or cause of their choice during pregame workouts and postgame interviews. The same authentic jerseys, tees, caps and socks are available now at the MLB.com/shop.
That last sentence is important, because of course Major League Baseball is selling these uniforms as merchandise.
So we decided to give some of these guys new nicknames. Got a better one? Leave it in the comments.
Aaron Nola (“Nola”)
New nickname: Geauxla
I mean, come on, is this one any easier? The Phillies use the Cajun form of “go” all the time when they refer to Nola on social media – including his own personal hashtag – to reflect his Louisiana heritage, his name (seriously a Louisiana boy’s name is literally “New Orleans”) and his Louisiana State University lineage. It’s obvious the Phillies went to all these guys and asked them to come up with a nickname, and just like every other office in the world, some people just didn’t respond to the email. That’s Nola and his other cohorts who stuck with their last names as their nicknames. But Nola gets a pass, seeing as he’s the only Phillie that can get the opposing team out, as long as the opposing team isn’t the Braves. Cameron Perkins? You don’t get a pass. Make up a nickname, Perk. See? I just did it for you. It ain’t that hard.
– Michael Sadowski
Cameron Perkins (“Perkins”)
New nickname: Dabs
Change Perkins’ from Perkins (boring, obviously) to Dabs. This explains it.
– Corey Sharp
Freddy Galvis (“Toco” [Spanish for “I play”])
New nickname: The Landlord
Because he owns all the land around him in the field. (It’s better when said with some attitude, like “Yo, Freddy Galvis is the motherf’in LANDLORD. That cat owns ALLLLLLL the land that’s anywhere, ANYWHERE, near him. The ball gets close to him and forget about it, it’s his.”
– Evan Gusz
Tommy Joseph (“Tojo”)
New nickname: Gramps
Am I the only one who thinks Tommy Joseph looks like he’s pushing 50? He just turned 26 yet he could easily be driving a minivan to soccer practice with his three kids, wearing a Tommy Bahama shirt and sandals. Besides, his nickname is unoriginal and, while most people don’t get the reference, conjures an anti-Japanese slur used by Americans in the mid-20th century.
– Kirsten Swanson
Clay Buchholz (“Buck”)
New Nickname: 404
Because, like a broken link that returns a 404 error on the web, Buchholz was never fully there for the Phillies this season due to his early and lengthy injury.
– Daniel Walsh
Nick Williams (“Nicky Dubs”)
New Nickname: Ultra Brite
Come on, Nick. The whole “Dubs” trend went out of style before the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy ended. My college nickname (“T-Malc”) is a relic, and so is anything with “Dubs.” Anyway, Williams has a lot going for him – his swing, his power, his gallop, his clutch performance (someone floated “Big Knock”) – but nothing defines him quite like his beaming, infectious smile. So I looked to the toothpaste: It’s Ultra Brite. I’d love to go with “Glisten,” but that doesn’t really work as a nickname.
– Tim Malcolm