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August 09, 2018

Grading a few of the Phillies' new Players Weekend jersey nicknames

Including 'Big Fella' and 'Bigger Fella,' and more baseball fun

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Rhys Hoskins is repping his favorite 1937 British musical drama. (Maybe not.)

Major League Baseball, always striving for eyeballs in an increasingly NBA- and NFL-first world, is celebrating its second annual Players Weekend from Aug. 24-26, and the new jerseys — plus, more importantly, the new nicknames — have arrived.

If you missed it last year, the best part of Players Weekend is players putting their nicknames on the back of their jerseys.

Some are obvious – just plays on their names – while others are a little more involved.

Let’s take a look at a few of the Phillies' standouts and evaluate them.

Rhys Hoskins, 'Big Fella' & Tommy Hunter, 'Bigger Fella'

A nice call-and-response showing from Hoskins and Hunter! This is what teamwork looks like. I wonder who biggest fella would be…

Grade: A-

Jake Arrieta, 'Snake'

Jake and snake rhyme, that much is clear. But calling yourself a snake in 2018, the era of snake-as-disparaging-slang, sure is bold.

Grade: B

Wilson Ramos, 'Buffalo'

One of the newest Phillies, Ramos has been called the Buffalo for years. Back in 2015, he explained where it came from:

“’I got that nickname by Ian Desmond,’ Ramos said. ‘It was one day at the stadium and he said to me, ‘Hey, you get a lot of hits (foul tips, collisions, etc.) every day behind the plate and you never go out of the game. You stay for the whole game. You’re a big man. You’re like a buffalo!’’”

Not bad.

Grade: B(uffalo)

Aaron Loup, 'Wolf'

I will be honest, I cannot explain why Aaron Loup’s nickname is Wolf.

Grade: Wolf?

Andrew Knapp, 'Knapp Time'

This is a great nickname, because baseball is by far the slowest-paced of the four major sports in the United States, and Mr. Knapp is leaning into it. He might not want to emulate his nickname when he’s playing, though: everyone tries to figure out when the catcher is napping.

Grade: Zzzzz

Pat Neshek, 'Neshek'

Pat, that is just your last name.

Grade: Neshek

Maikel Franco, 'Compa F' & Luis Garcia, 'Compa G'

Once again, a great display of teamwork here from Franco and Garcia, and this time in a different language. “Compa” is colloquial Spanish for “friend” or “buddy,” which makes this doubly endearing.

Grade: Compa A+

You can check out the full list of nicknames here

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