We continue our extensive topical sports coverage today by taking a look at the baseball World Series going on right now. Well, technically we’re not really looking at the baseball, just the names of the players participating.
Before you ask, yes, there really is a Rusty Kuntz involved. He obviously takes the cake for greatest name ever, but let’s keep reading on for the best names on both teams this year.
First of all, we look to the San Francisco Giants, whose roster is jam-packed with high-achieving funny named individuals.
Buster Posey, in addition to reminding us of fine actresses some of us are quite fond of, is quite the catch…or catcher, I should say. He won the National League MVP award in 2012 ,and has since led the Giants to their second World Series appearance in three years. This, for people like me who don’t follow baseball, I believe is a sign of goodness.
The pitcher out of Hickory, North Carolina has had a fine playoff this season, breaking some nearly 100-year-old records while sporting a fashionable beard, and a name straight out of a newspaper comic strip from 1973. I could easily envision Walter Matthau playing a character with his name.
Ángel Pagán, personifying the battle between good and evil in baseball since 2006. Seriously, that’s just a wonderful combination of names. Right up there with Rusty Kuntz (I’m not going to let that one go for the duration of my one baseball article).
The Kansas City team have their own collection of finely named players as well, lest we think this series is wholly one-sided.
Leading the way now and forever is the Royals’ first base coach, whose name I’m obligated to report is actually pronounced with a long “oo” sound. So, get your minds out of the gutter, it’s “Roosty Kuntz”.
Billy Butler & Danny Duffy
These two have names right out of a Reno, Nevada jazz trio from the 1950s. I’m also happy to tell you that Butler’s nickname is “Country Breakfast”, presumably because he brings home the bacon, is extremely gritsy, and has an eggsellent batting average. Mr Duffy perhaps also has a nickname, but not one I’m aware of. He did, however, once play for the Idaho Falls Chukars, which is a great team name.
The fully grown Venezuelan Omar Infante was an All-Star in 2010 and is now in his second season with the Royals. Don’t call him in an emergency though, because an anagram of his name is Not A Fireman.
Mike “Moose” Moustakas is a popular figure among the Royals faithful, who like to make moose calls when he is announced as batter. Moose antlers are also a popular item at the team gift shop, which seems odd for a sports team, but then you remember this is baseball, and everything is weird in baseball.
That concludes our summary of the funniest names at the World Series 2014! You are now ready to tune in and enjoy game 6 tonight live from Kansas City!