Fan loyalty gone with athlete nicknames

By Clyde Davis: CNJ columnist

What’s in a name? More accurately, what’s in a nickname ? Let us be honest; “A-Rod” is not a nickname. It is simply a condensed version of two names, given by his parents to a stellar ball player. If there are athletes currently playing who sport the colorful nicknames of which I speak, I’m unaware.

Hammerin’ Hank Aaron — now that’s a nickname. Or the Say-Hey Kid (Willie Mays). It seenms to me that, in my youth and before, professional athletes were given names that had character, color, and an element of admiration.

Elroy Face, relief pitcher par excellence, was the Baron of the Bullpen. Vernon Law was the Deacon. Sal Maglie acquired the name The Barber from his habit of brushing back opposing