I figured everyone would enjoy this photo taken at today’s presser by the AP. When you think about it, it displays the very confidence the Mets hope can close down ninth innings — and the very confidence they hope to get included in the $37 million tab.
There’s something to be said about having a nickname so universal you can have it monogrammed on all your dress shirts. One guy I remember who displayed monogrammed shirts was Chris Paul before he was drafted by the Hornets. Inside Stuff did a piece on Paul and you could tell he was kind of proud about the shirts, in the same way a rookie would find his first bobble head doll as a sign that he had arrived.
Of course, CP3 is an excellent nickname, one of the best in sports. But I’m not sure it trumps K-Rod, who had pitched just a handful of games before he adopted the name in Anaheim in 2002. Also, K-Rod isn’t showing off. It’s really who he has become. Can you think of anyone else so often called by his nickname around baseball? Maybe A-Rod, but that’s about it.