Nyjer Morgan's Gentleman's Name
Most Nats fans already know this, but I didn't, so I'm going to write it. Here is the transcript of the interview with Rocco DeMaro in which Nyjer Morgan, who is preordained to read the words "fan favorite" at every stop in his baseball career, revealed his gentleman's name.
Q: Nyjer, before we let you go, you need like a catchphrase, like a nickname. I've started calling you Ny-Mo, just to shorten it up. Did you have something they called you coming up through the system, in your minor-league days?
A: Just Nyj-Mo. But no. And my gentleman's name is Tony Plush. And my DJ name is DJ Nij-Nnn-Nnn-Nnn-Nice.
For the record, the latter was my best attempt, though I can't completely vouch for that spelling. Please listen for yourself right here.
Also, as the nickname spread, it sort of morphed a bit. Like, here was a story from the Beaver County Times:
Tony Blush" as an alter ego. It's just a little thing, yet it spoke to what Nyjer Morgan is. One name isn't enough for him. One persona isn't enough for him. He is real and yet he is unreal.
The only thing holding him back in the D.C. fan favorite category is the fact that Morgan, a former hockey player, went to skate with the Penguins this spring. The WaTi has more, but this passage from the Post-Gazette about a Pens victory celebration at the Pirates park, all of three weeks ago, makes for fairly grisly reading:
"The whole thing gave me the willies," Morgan said. "Honestly, I got really emotional. That's our team, from our city, and I grew up with hockey as my first love. When you're a kid playing hockey, that's your dream, to see the Cup, to touch the Cup, and there it was right in front of me."
Morgan, who converted from hockey to baseball at age 20, was the most animated of the Pirates' players during the ceremony, at one point igniting one of several "Let's Go Pens" chants from the crowd. He also caught Guerin's ceremonial first pitch, then fairly bounced to the mound to embrace him.
Other things about Morgan: he calls himself "an aggressive type of cat," he named his car Charlene because "she rides real clean," and he has earned long features about his dedication to wearing stirrups, with Uni Watch's Paul Lukas saying Morgan has "the best lower-leg look in baseball."
"I've done it ever since I was in college," Morgan told the Tribune-Review. "Plus, it's the right look, in my eyes."
See how different his lower legs look from Willie Harris's, pictured above. Only one man can have the best lower-leg look in baseball.
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