Seattle Mariners: Players’ Weekend Jerseys and Nicknames Unveiled
By Ty Gonzalez
At least they’ll look pretty good when they lose?
So yeah, the Mariners are pretty bad right now and you probably don’t care about what they’ll be wearing at the end of August because you’re not planning on watching. If you do care, however, then let’s step away from the anguish for a moment and take a look at something more lighthearted.
From August 24-26, the MLB will celebrate its “Players’ Weekend.” During the event, players of all 30 MLB teams don a colorful variation of their team’s uniform. To take it even a step further, players also get to choose a nickname to put on the back of their jersey in place of their last name.
Of course, they aren’t forced to choose a nickname; last year, both Mike Zunino and Ben Gamel stuck with their surname (boooooring).
Today, the MLB Shop listed all Players’ Weekend jerseys and player options for sale. The Mariners will be rocking the same uniforms as last year, pairing a heavy-teal style with sky blue accents and grey lettering.
Of all the nicknames, Chasen Bradford’s “Black Bear,” Nick Vincent’s “Hubba Hubba,” Wade LeBlanc’s “Frenchy,” James Pazos’ “Papa Paz” stand out the most. Even Zunino finally got in on the fun, simply going with “Z” for his jersey.
Unfortunately, Kyle Seager, who perhaps had the best nickname of the entire Players’ Weekend last year, is going with his last name this time around. Boo, Kyle, boo!
Household nicknames such as James Paxton’s “Big Maple” and Nelson Cruz’s “Boomstick” will also make appearance, despite not being listed as an option for the custom jersey.
Of course, Ichiro had to get a jersey as well.
The Mariners will be facing the Arizona Diamondbacks for Players’ Weekend, as Mitch “Meetch” Haniger and Jean “El Mambo” Segura return to Chase Field.
With the way the M’s have been playing, they’ll probably get swept. But at least they’ll look good doing it.