While gathering information on current teams (for Fantasy Baseball purposes), I was amused to see how many players had nouns for last names. It reminded me of an old article I had seen as a kid in Topps Magazine, where baseball cards were altered to reflect literal interpretations of players last names - I distinctly recall David Cone, who was depicted as a giant baseball pitching ice cream cone. Friday, I looked at the Orioles. Today, I pick on players from the Red Sox and Tigers franchises.
Boston Red Sox
Only two men on the 40-man roster had nouns as names; Brad "Copper" Penny (formerly of the Dodgers) and Jason "Cape Cod" Bay. The third player's name, Dusty "Pig Pen" Brown, contains nothing but adjectives.
The Tigers, too, were under represented in the fun names department. See if you can guess which pictures are of Casper "Wishing" Wells, Brandon "Cowardly" Lyon (formerly of the Diamondbacks), and Kyle "Daisy" Bloom.
Each stadium has its own traditions and tunes they play during the seventh inning stretch. For the Orioles, it is John Denver, for the Boston Red Sox, it is Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline." I am as baffled as you are. But there you have it.
Fans sing "Sweet Caroline" during Game 2 of the 2007 World Series.