Kansas City Royals: Ranking the Best ‘Players Weekend’ Jersey Nicknames
The first-ever “Players Weekend” will take place later this month. For three days, guys will be able to have whatever (within reason) they choose across the back of their redesigned jersey. So let’s check out the best Kansas City Royals nicknames.
In a lot of ways, the Kansas City Royals will have some pretty boring nameplates when they play Aug. 25-27 in Cleveland.
A joint effort between Major League Baseball and the Players’ Association, Players Weekend gives big leaguers a chance to add their own flavor to the jersey they wear. Even the jerseys themselves will be uniquely redesigned for the weekend.
Although the Kansas City Royals uniforms (but not the caps) are nicely designed, through a combination of reasons, it likely will be an underwhelming experience for fans.
Firstly, due to the schedule, the new jerseys will not be used on the field at Kauffman Stadium.
Secondly, some players (at the very least Ian Kennedy, Mike Minor and Scott Alexander) chose to stick with their last name. How fun.
Lastly, several well-known players have established (thus unsurprising) nicknames. Most of these nicknames are just a play on their actual name, including Mike Moustakas (Moose), Lorenzo Cain (Lo Cain), Alex Gordon (Gordo), Alcides Escobar (Esky) and Jason Vargas (Vargy).
Now that we’ve gotten the negatives out of the way, let’s hand out some “Best” honors for those guys who actually tried to be (somewhat) clever.
Note: These nicknames should not be considered a finalized or exhaustive list, as they are all (seemingly) subject to change. Let’s not take this too seriously. We all know this is just a distraction from how terrible the team has been playing.