From Scooter to Goopy to Chiquitín and T-Butta, here's a sampling of the Mets' Players' Weekend nicknames: pic.twitter.com/PBlTxkFivs
— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) August 9, 2017
Are you a Mets fan who thinks baseball has no personality? Then you’ll love the jerseys that will be worn on Players’ Weekend, which will run the weekend of Aug. 25.
In a shameless money grab an attempt to inject more individuality and personality into the game, MLB and the MLB Players’ Association have announced the creation of “Players’ Weekend.” During games from Aug. 25-27, players will wear new caps and jerseys with their own choice of a nickname on the back.
“Players are increasingly interested in finding unique ways to connect with their fans by allowing them to see more of their personalities and interests,” MLBPA executive director Tony Clark said in a statement, per MLB.com’s Mark Newman. “The collective desire to express their diverse interests and backgrounds is what motivated players to lobby for the creation of Players Weekend.”
As you can see in the tweet above, MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo bought us our first glimpse of the nicknames the Mets will wear on their backs.
We can only assume that Hansel Robles was going for “The Rock” in Spanish, though that would be spelled “El Peñasco,” not “El Peñaco. (or “La Roca.)” But it’s not like this is a spelling bee, right?
Yoenis Cespedes, AKA “La Potencia,” or “The Power.” That’s a bit ironic, as most Mets fans have been wondering where all of Cespedes’ power has gone. Sorry Yo, but nobody’s impressed with your 12 home runs or 31 RBI.
Perhaps the most disappointing of the nicknames belongs to ace Jacob deGrom. “Jake?” Really? That’s the best you could do? There’s nothing “deGrominant” about that, Mr. “deGrominator.”
As for the rest of their uniforms, players will be able to wear custom socks and cleats, which should be fun. For interviews before and after games, they can wear t-shirts promoting one of their favorite charities.
Additionally, there will be a patch on the right sleeve of every jersey featuring a new “Evolution” logo (think evolutionary chart but with baseball players, from little league to the majors) and a blank space for players to write the name of a person or organization that was crucial in their development.
Of course, you can own an official replica of these custom beauties for the price of $199.99.