Double Post Part 1 – for nicknames, scroll to the next bold words.
Flashback in your time machine. Back when there was no Washington Nationals, when the Marlins, (yes, MARLINS) were world series champs, when the Red Sox and Yankees were everything. And throw it out the window.
This year, it seems like there has been a major power shift, and made everything equal – in the land of baseball. All the sudden, West and Central divisions are the place to be, and the world series picks are there – Angels, Giants, Tigers, Brewers, Rockies, and more. How did that happen? Let’s find out.
It all started in 2010. The battle of the west. Two fairy tale teams from Texas and California put 2009 to bed, when it was a World Series you drove from Philly to New York to watch the games. No, now the action is on the west side of the country. And action it was. After beating their league’s eastern superpowers (Rangers over Yankees, Giants over Phillies) they both advanced to a world series that was not seen coming. The Giants won, and it seemed like a victory for them and them only, but it was a victory for the AL & NL West & Central.
The next season, all who saw that coming were halted. Adrian Gonzalez, the NL West’s most intimidating slugger moved to Boston. And then Cliff Lee moves to Philadelphia. And even more – Manny Ramirez comes to Tampa, and Jose Reyes breaks out. It seems like that minute of fame was over for the Central and West. But then. Then, the Eastern superpowers were destroyed. The Phillies went down first – down to the Cardinals. Then the Yankees – down to the Tigers. And then the Rays, beaten by the Rangers. And not one eastern side team remained. It came down to Rangers VS Cardinals, and the Cardinals proved the Central a place to be, as well as the Rangers showing the west is the place.
This year, it became official – the power shift. Prince Fielder signing with the Tigers, Yu Darvish to the Rangers, Albert Pujols to the Angels, and the Cubs gaining Theo Epstein. Then the Cardinals and Dodgers came out hot of the gate, and all the sudden – it’s a whole new ballgame.
Part 2: Nickname Central
But, there is one thing that the East, West, and Central all share – nicknames.
Michael Morse, the beast, Dustin Pedroia, the laser show, David Ortiz, Big Papi, Prince Fielder, the prince of power, Albert Pujols, Prince Albert, Ichiro Suzuki – Hercules – the list could go on for quite some time, if you get my drift.
Even so, two of the games most talented players remain nicknameless. Stephen Strasburg and Justin Verlander. So vote on these poles, and help me decide the official unofficial nicknames of Stephen Strasburg and Justin Verlander!! Leave me a comment on what you think it should be!