By Jesse Goldberg-Strassler / Lansing Lugnuts | September 26, 2019 4:35 PM
Approaching the Lansing Lugnuts' 25th season, the Lugnuts have tangled with some of the best that the Midwest League has had to offer, from Mike Trout to Clayton Kershaw, and from Fernando Tatis Jr. to Wander Franco. They've also had to deal with some of the best names that the Midwest League has had to offer, from Henry Henry to Jose Jose, and from Sicnarf Loopstok to Makesiondon Kelkboom.
How well did you know your Lansing Lugnuts names?
Check out the answers below...
The Lugnuts have had some thunderous nicknames over the years, including several repeat monikers. Which of the following Nuts was not nicknamed "Boomer"?
Thomas Collins III, 2015
Jared Potts, 2012 Rhame Cannon, 2005
The biggest crowds in the Midwest League come to Cooley Law School Stadium every 4th of July... and one player over the years had a patriotic name to match. Which of the following was the real name of a Nut?
Francis Scott Key
He didn't go by Francis, though. He went by Scott Key, much more of a baseball name.
Y? Because! Which of the following Y quartets isn't made up of real Lansing Lugnuts first names?
1st row - Yorkin Ferreras, Yban Esterlin, Yeyfry Del Rosario, Yonardo Herdenez
2nd row - Yorman Mayora / Yorman Rodriguez, Yennsy Diaz, Yeltsin Gudino, Yuber Rodriguez
Jake Thomas drew 40 walks in 37 games in 2017 before he was promoted to Dunedin. Back home in New York, however, everyone called him by his middle name rather than Jake, his first name. Why wasn't he called by his middle name in Lansing?
Because 'Gunnar' was taken by teammate Gunnar Heidt
Because 'Bo' was taken by teammate Bo Bichette
Because 'Vladimir' was taken by teammate Vladimir Guerrero, Jr.
It's true: His name's Jake Gunnar Thomas, but Gunnar was already taken so he had to reluctantly go by Jake.
2019 Post-Season All-Star closer Cre Finfrock's given first name, pronounced "cree," isshortened from Finfrock's namesake, a relative on his father's side. What was his namesake's full first name?
It's his father's great-great-uncle. According to Cre, there have been a number of different descendants through the years who've been named after him. It's a proud family tradition.
First baseman Rowdy Tellez, a Lugnuts All-Star in 2015, is now in the Major Leagues with the Blue Jays. Rowdy's given first name, though, is Ryan. Why was he nicknamed Rowdy?
He idolized Rowdy Roddy Piper He was a rowdy pregnancy for his mother
He was the best seven-year-old boxer in his neighborhood
Yes, Rowdy was given his nickname before he was even born. Check it out.
Which of the following Minor League Baseball cities was also the name of a Lugnuts player?
Food time! Which of the following choices is not the name of a Lugnuts player?
Rocky Cherry Dalton Casserole
Gary "Mr." Coffee played for the Lugnuts in both 1996 and 1998. Pitcher Rocky Cherry, his given name, made it to the Major Leagues for 40 appearances between 2007 and 2008. But nope, no Dalton Casserole.
The Lugnuts have featured some tough names to pronounce over the years. Which one of the following pronunciations is completely and totally wrong?
Jeremy Gabryszwski: gab-er-RIS-kee
Jason Leblebijian: leb-le-BEE-jee-in Marc Rzepczynski: rizz-zip-CHIN-ski
The first letter in Rzepczynski is entirely silent. Zep-CHIN-ski is the proper pronunciation for the Major League southpaw, who pitched for the Lugnuts in 2008.
Only one Lugnut has ever shared his name with a hit show. Who was it?
Joey Metropoulos - The Joe Metropolis Power Hour in Seattle Nash Knight - Nash Nights Live in Nashville
Chase Mallard - The Chasing Mallards Duck Hunting Show in Tallahassee
When Knight played for the Lugnuts in 2017, host Shawn Parr was delighted to come out to Bowling Green Ballpark to meet him.
Two of the following lists include all Lugnuts first names. Can spot the one that includes only last names?
Kevin Nolan (2010-2011), Walt Nolen (2004), Sean Nolin (2011)
The 2011 Lansing Lugnuts had some terrific nicknames. Which one of the following was not one of them?
Dayton 'Red Planet' Marze, since his last name was pronounced 'Mars'
Lance 'Baby Bull' Durham, a nickname passed down through his father, Leon, the original 'Bull'
Drew 'Cheese' Permison, since his last name was pronounced like 'parmesan' and he threw hard
Lance Durham's broken bat is still used in the home broadcast booth to hold up the window.
Why did 2013 Lugnuts standout closer Andrew Sikula go by his middle name of Arik rather than his first name?
All four of his brothers also were named Andrew, named after their father
The 2013 Lugnuts featured five other Andrews on the team
The Blue Jays have a strict "No Andrew" policy
Just like George Foreman.
Let's finish with initials. Which of the following pairs has something wrong with it?
LJ Talley and LB Dantzler: 'Lil Jason' Talley and 'Lil Brad' Dantzler
JD Davis and DJ Neal: 'Jonathan Davis' Davis and 'Dexter Junior' Neal KC Hobson and TP Waligora: King Christopher Hobson and Thomas Peter Waligora
Every other name is perfect... except for KC Hobson, whose initials stand for Kristopher Clell Hobson. His father, Butch, a former Major League player and manager, named KC after himself. Butch's first name is Clell.