Saturday, January 20, 2018

Player's Weekend Nicknames - Cubs

Yesterday I showed off the 5-card Cubs team set and thought it would be fun to have a little guessing game for the rest of the team. I know, I know, I'm several months late with this but I'm away for the weekend so I'm knocking some things out of the draft folder. This will probably only be fun for my Cubs fan readers though.

Let's start with a hard level.

Here are the nicknames of the 25 Cubs participants without their jersey numbers, although a hint would be that they are in jersey number order.

To add another hint, here is the original graphic I found with the jersey numbers:

Knowing the Cubs roster, a lot of these are variations on their real names, which makes it a lot easier.

Still stuck on few? How about a name bank to work with? (With two extra names for the party poopers with no nickname)

Almora, Albert
Arrieta, Jake
Avila, Alex
Baez, Javier
Bryant, Kris
Contreras, Willson
Davis, Wade
Duensing, Brian
Edwards Jr., Carl
Grimm, Justin
Happ, Ian
Hendricks, Kyle
Heyward, Jason
Jay, Jon
Lackey, John
LaStella, Tommy
Lester, Jon
Montgomery, Mike
Quintana, Jose
Rizzo, Anthony
Rondon, Hector
Russell, Addison
Schwarber, Kyle
Strop, Pedro
Uehara, Koji
Wilson, Justin
Zobrist, Ben

And drum roll is the answer key:

Jon Lester and Tommy LaStella were the non-participants from the name bank, just using their last names.


  1. Brennan, Jay, and Avila were the only ones I didn't know right away. Good stuff.
    I hope this is a promotion MLB will keep going forward. Who am I kidding... the probably made a killing on jersey sales and can't wait to do it again in 2018!

  2. Yeah, I like it too. There were at least a handful I didn't know but I don't think that's bad.

  3. Brennan stumped me too. I thought it may be a shortening of Brett Anderson but its a Step Brothers reference to Will Ferrell's character. Justin Wilson and Alex Wilson were Tigers teammates and asked jokingly if they were brothers a lot. Alex's jersey said "Dale" who was John C Reilly's character. Funny story but I never would have guessed it.

    Parkman is another movie reference. I guess Avila resembles the character from Major League.