Not only do the Boston Red Sox have the best record in baseball, but they also have some of the best nicknames that will be on display for Players’ Weekend.
MLB is always trying to bring new fans from the younger generations, so they tend to make attempts at being trendy and “hip”. Their favorite event to accomplish this is Players’ Weekend, where players get to wear jerseys with nicknames on the back rather than their actual last names.
This is a fun and nontraditional event in the typically traditional game of baseball, and it is set to take place for the second consecutive year starting on August 24 through August 26. The Boston Red Sox will be in Tampa Bay to take on the Rays that weekend.
As you would expect, Boston’s boys are taking part in the event ace again this year, but I have to say not all the nicknames are as impressive as I would have imagined. For example, Mookie’s nickname is, well, “Mookie”.
Betts is arguably the best player in baseball so he could have had a better nickname. I mean, his initials are MLB. Why not be called “Mr. MLB” for a weekend instead of Mookie? Sadly, Betts isn’t the only one with a painfully obvious nickname on the back of his jersey for Players’ Weekend.
We have Jackie Bradley Jr. going by “JBJ”, Dustin Pedroia going by “Pedey”, Xander Bogaerts will be “Bogie”, and Andrew Benintendi will be “Benny”. Yes, sure, those are actually their nicknames, but as a fan, I would’ve liked to see some more creativity in one of the few times they get to express themselves.
Now, don’t get me wrong, those are still good nicknames, but the top 10 nicknames on this team just put the rest to shame. So, let’s get started on that list.