Base12: Local nickname of reliever Antonio Alfonseca, given because he (a) has 12 fingers (also 12 toes) and (b) because even calculated in base 12, his ERA is very high. Generally known as “El Pulpo” (The Octopus) for similar digitary reasons.
Boom-Boom Bobby: 2003 bullpen pyromaniac Roberto Hernandez, given the nickname because every outing seemingly led to offensive explosions featuring lots of extra-base hits. (Nickname stolen from Boom-Boom Beck, a pitcher of the thirties.)
First Names: Some players are known by their first names here. I usually call Andruw and Chipper Jones by theirs for reasons of differentiation. Julio Franco is often “Julio”, a residue of the days when Matt Franco was also on the team. If a guy is around long enough, I usually start calling them by their first name at least part of the time, but not always. John Smoltz is usually “Smoltz”. Among non-players, the manager and pitching coach are usually “Bobby” and “Leo”.
Free (Player Name): First there was the Free Marcus Giles campaign, which eventually succeeded more than a year after he was demoted to Richmond for hitting a game-winning grand slam homer. There will be others; a Free Juan Cruz movement is gaining strength.
Merv: The site’s host, BravesBeat’s Michael “Merv” Belmont. If for some reason any former hitting coach need to be referred to it will be by a sneering nickname such as “Perv Rettenmund”.
Pictures: The photographic evidence of Bobby Cox and/or John Scheurholz that Keith Lockhart must have had to keep coming back to Atlanta year after year, despite never playing well. Passed on, seemingly, to Henry Blanco; their current location is unknown but I’d check DeWayne Wise’s locker.
Rally Twins: Kevin Gryboski and Ray King, often used in tandem in 2003 to great effect by the opposition. Generally, King would come in to face a couple of lefties, and walk them. Gryboski would come in to get the double play and only get the “double” part right. Also, part of the supergroup “Boom Boom and the Rally Twins”. (Thanks to Clarke for reminding me.)
Suits: The geniuses at
AOL-Time Warner, who can’t leave well enough alone. Set aside their penny-pinching and trying to cut back on the farm system (the first goal of any corporate owner). Their biggest disaster was the 2003 attempt to remake Braves Baseball into “MLB on TBS”, removing the Braves logo and demoting Skip Caray and Pete Van Wieren to radio. The attempt to attract more national viewership (inevitably) failed, while at the same time it drove off Braves fans, and ratings went down. Skip and Pete were back at the All-Star Break and the deBravifying of TBS broadcasts soon died a quiet death.