Baseball Traditionalists Look Away
In a change of pace from the baseball norm, MLB and the MLB Player’s Association have decided to relax uniform rules for one weekend (August 25th-27th), dubbed Player’s Weekend.
The items with minimal color restrictions include spikes, batting gloves, wristbands, compression sleeves and catcher’s masks. The colors, according to the memo, must avoid interfering with the game and an umpire’s ability to make a call. White gloves, wristbands and sleeves are prohibited.
Player’s jerseys will also be adorned with a custom patch meant for a player to personalize with the name of a person or organization that helped in their development.
The most fun aspect will be in the jerseys: players will be able to wear nicknames in lieu of their last names on the back of their jerseys for the weekend (as long as they’re not inappropriate or offensive). The biggest question remains, however: what nicknames will our Padres wear?
Wil Myers: Thrill, White Queso
White Queso seems like the runaway winner here, though Thrill has been thrown around a handful of times. Bonus hilarity could be had if he went with ‘Thril’ and omitted the second L similar to his name.
Austin Hedges: Hedgehog, Swoon
Though I personally prefer Hedgehog, Swoon is definitely the fan’s choice here. The Padres have bought into the #swoon phenomenon tossed around Padres Twitter. I would consider anything else a letdown.
Ryan Schimpf: (Jumbo) Shrimp
This is a long-shot proposal: Schimpf didn’t do much in a Padres uniform this season but is inversely doing better in El Paso (notably a hitter’s paradise). You never know what could happen from here to August.
Yangervis Solarte: Salsa
Even with trade rumors swirling around the injured switch-hitting veteran, Solarte has been a thoroughly entertaining player for the Padres. For a player who enjoys dancing and has a nascent fan section dedicated to him, Salsa seems as apropos as anything else. Insert Mark Grant picante joke here.
Manuel Margot: El Baby
Referenced as his nickname in a UT article, this could work for the young outfielder. If anything, it would be funny to see on the back of a jersey.
Matt Szczur: Caesar
Probably too easy to go with.
Do you have any ideas for what nicknames our Padres could wear? Let’s hear them!
(inb4 Clayton Richard joke)