This weekend is Players Weekend, when Major League Baseball allows players to have some fun with specially-designed alternate uniforms for the weekend. The uniforms will include a patch where each player will write the name of a person or two that helped them get to the big leagues. The players will also get to have a nickname, rather than their last name, on the back of their uniforms. You can read a complete list of Royals nicknames for Players Weekend here.
The uniforms appear to be in the clubhouse, and Royals players are showing them off.
Whit Merrifield explained that “Whit Bird” was a nickname his father gave him, disappointing fans expecting “Two-Hit Whit” or “Cool Whit.”
You should be able to figure this one out.
Salvador Perez’s “El Nino” uniform is a nickname that means “Little Boy” in Spanish.
Eric Hosmer also went with a Spanish nickname “Papo”, a term of endearment.
Drew Butera has a nod to his Italian-American heritage with his nickname, “The Don.”
MOSS DOG IS READY TO BARK.
Peter Moylan’s “Sledge” is a nod to his “Sledgiatto” espresso.
Not sure what Cheslor’s nickname means.
You can, of course, purchase replica Players Weekend jerseys, caps, and other gear. Game-worn, Players Weekend jerseys will be auctioned off with proceeds going to the MLBPA Youth Development Foundation. What are your thoughts on the Royals alternate jersey? What would be your Players Weekend name?
Are you ready for Players Weekend?