Covelli Loyce “Coco” Crisp (1979) is a big-league, switch-hitting center fielder for the Oakland A’s. Coco Crisp – yes, that’s cerealsly his name. Get it – cerealsly?
Anyway, this is gonna be a pun one, folks. I hope I get a few Snickers out of y’all. Originally nicknamed Coco by his siblings due to his apparent resemblance to one of the characters on the Cocoa Krispies cereal box, Covelli would not be nicknamed Coco in earnest until he started playing AA baseball. His team had players fill out a questionnaire to get to know one another, and C. Loyce Crisp listed Coco as his nickname on the form. His teammates, thinking the sweet nickname was funny, had it put up on the scoreboard during a game. The nickname stuck like M&M’s (or Smarties, if your name’s Lavitt) to your fingers on a hot summer day, and he’s been Coco Crisp ever since. I guess since they’re still calling him that, it’s pretty clear that people haven’t milked the nickname for all it’s worth yet.
Anyway, onto Coco’s baseball career. It’s really a shocker, given the chocolatey nickname, that he didn’t end up throwing on big league Mounds across the nation. Although not an incredible player, Crisp has put up good numbers in 12 big league seasons, amassing over 1300 hits, 100 homers, and nearly 300 stolen bases. He’s also a one time World Series champion and has led the league in stolen bases and sacrifice hits one time each.
Coco has also been involved in some interesting incidents in his career. He was once almost run over by the Mariners’ mascot, the Mariner Moose, while the Moose was driving around the field on his ATV between innings. Coco had to jump out of the way to avoid being hit. Does that make him one of the Three Mooseketeers?
Coco also charged the mound during a 2008 game, sparking a bench-clearing brawl. In the brawl, he ended up breaking the pitcher into 750 Reese’s Pieces. Kidding, kidding…but I’m sure he wasn’t feeling any Almond Joy when he was suspended 7 games (reduced to 5 on appeal) for his antics.
Coco is of Afro-Puerto Rican descent, with a touch of Italian ancestry. He is married and has three children.
You go, Coco!