There’s nothing like a summer weekend under the sweltering hot sunshine watching the Royals wage war on the White Sox pitching staff. (Especially when you can watch the games in your lovely air-conditioned home.) The Baseball Jonah has shaken off his White Sox demons, Mike Aviles is hitting .340 (wait…what?), Billy Butler has eight hits in his last three games, and Robinson Tejeda was absolutely dealing today.
Trey Hillman has apparently taken my advice – or yielded to common sense – and moved Guillen to DH,
Let’s enjoy it while we can.
In the meantime, it’s time to revisit the Nickname Project, something I’ve been promising to do for a few months now. I find it incredibly amusing that if I were to end this blog today, its one enduring legacy would be The Mexicutioner. Amusing, but also gratifying. The goal of this blog is to write about the team from a fan’s perspective, objectivity be damned, but because of the healthy attitude that the
I’m also greedy. The Mexicutioner got the Dutton Seal of Approval™, as did Shake Yabuta, who unfortunately (or fortunately) is unlikely to ever require use of that nickname again. But we’ve still got a few dozen players to go.
So it’s time to unveil the official Rany on the Royals nickname for another member of the team.
Henceforth – with a nod to poster Zach, who I believe was the first person to suggest this nickname – Billy Butler shall be known as Bam Bam.
If you heard my interview with Kevin Kietzman on Thursday you know the reasons why I love this nickname so much. In summary:
- Billy Butler. Bam Bam. A little alliteration never hurts.
- Bam Bam is a baby. Billy Butler has been the youngest player on the team every day that he has spent in the majors. As a rookie, he was younger than all but two other players in the American League; even this season, only three players younger than
- Most importantly, all Bam Bam ever did was hit things with a wooden stick, and despite his youth was phenomenally destructive with one. All Billy Butler does (at least well) is hit things with a wooden stick – and when he makes contact, hide the women and children.
The key to any nickname catching on is that there should be no ambiguity about who you’re referring to. If you told a Royals fan that one of the team’s players was called “Bam Bam”, even a casual fan would know immediately that you were referring to
(Wikipedia lists the son of Barney and Betty Rubble as “Bamm-Bamm.” I think we’ll stick with the simpler spelling here, if for no reason than to avoid the ire – and the lawyers – of the Hanna-Barbera folks.)
The only possible concern with the nickname is that
We can work on Greinke and the Brain, Mr. Incredible and The Smirk and Stubble and Sybil later. Right now, the Mexicutioner needs a friend. I think he and Bam Bam will get along famously.