MLB Players New Baseball Jerseys Wholesale
MLB Players Jerseys Wholesale
From Friday through Sunday, you’ll notice something different about the MLB games you’re watching. That’s because Aug. 25-27 occasions the first MLB Players Weekend.
As part of Players Weekend, teams will be wearing special uniforms designed to evoke the game at its more youthful levels. We’ve already shown you each team’s Players Weekend uni.
There’s more to it than “just” cool one-off uniform designs, however. Players Weekend was crafted by the league in close collaboration with the MLBPA, and it reflects a mutual desire to let players express themselves and to let fans get a closer glimpse of who these guys really are. Let’s take a look at some particulars …
This, of course, is the thing we’re all talking about. Players if they want are allowed to put nicknames on the backs of their new cheap MLB jerseys instead of their actual names.
That’s Kyle Seager on the left, passive-aggressively making note of his brother Corey, and that’s Yankees cloutsman Aaron Judge on the right.
Speaking of the Yankees, when CC Sabathia (nickname, “Dub”) took the mound against the Mariners in the top of the first on Friday night, he became the first player in franchise history to have a name on the back of his MLB jersey. Until that moment, the Yankees had been the only major North American sports franchise never to have player names on their wholesale jerseys.
Cool nicknames certainly won’t be hard to come by (e.g., Jake Marisnick = “Big Fudge”), and another that bears mentioning is that of Orioles reliever Darren O’Day. What’s his nickname for Players Weekend? It’s “Odachowski” …
Time was when the O’Day family was known as the Odachowski family.
“My grandfather fought in World War II,” O’Day explained to CBS Sports, “and came back not quite the same — what we now know to be PTSD. It affected his life quite a bit, and obviously his wife and his kids.”
O’Day’s grandfather — his father’s father — unfortunately passed away at a young age, and it fell to his grandmother to raise three young boys in Chicago. She worked downtown at Montgomery Ward and wound up going by the name “Odach,” which is pronounced “O’Day.” Why she did this isn’t precisely clear, and while O’Day doesn’t want to speculate blindly, he justifiably wonders whether was because of the discrimination that Polish immigrants like his grandparents faced in those days.
Whatever the reasons, the name stuck.
“Whey my father and his middle brother got married, they ‘Americanized’ it to O’Day as a tribute to their mother.”
O’Day’s father’s oldest brother kept the name Odachowski, and to this day O’Day still has Chicago cousins who carry the original family name. This weekend, O’Day will also carry that name — with deep pride, no doubt.
“Some of my younger cousins in Chicago, they play Little League and tell people that have a cousin who plays in the big leagues,” O’Day said, “but no one believes them because the name is different.”
Thanks to O’Day’s choice of nicknames for Players Weekend, that disbelief should be no more.
Happy Players Weekend, baseball enthusiasts.