Well, hell of a day to be late on the game post. Because there are important happenings afoot.
Yes, MLB has finally realized they have to do something for the players. Because they work so hard, for peanuts, in anonymity. So this upcoming weekend is player appreciation week. And as part of this much overdue gesture to finally play attention to the players, there will be a weekend where the players get to play in weird jerseys with their nicknames on them.
And, by some strange coincidence, the fans will be able to pay very large but well merited amounts for these said jerseys, because MLB is thinking about the fans while honoring the players, because they are nice that way.
Loon will finally be able to get his “Sanchie” jersey, which makes me happy inside.
The teams apparently had veto power over the nicknames. I guess that explains why Nick is “Nick.” I guess they vetoed “E-5.”
I would like to take credit for this nickname jersey idea—I mean, our blog was talking up nicknames DAYS ago—but since they already had jerseys made up…probably a coincidence.
Candelario was too late to the party for a nickname jersey. Still, he must still be a mite peeved that Iglesias is Candelito. Total nickname blocking there!
Oh, also I predict Verlander will pitch very well today.
- Ian Kinsler, 2B
- Jim Adduci, RF
- Miguel Cabrera, 1B
- Nick Castellanos, 3B
- Mikie Mahtook, CF
- Victor Martinez, DH
- John Hicks C
- Andrew Romine, LF
- Jose Iglesias, SS
Pitching: Justin Verlander vs Ivan Nova