ESPN gaffe inspires Derek Holland’s desire to use ‘Lastname’ on Players Weekend (pic)
Last season, Major League Baseball introduced Players Weekend, a three-day event during which players were allowed to personalize jerseys and other specific equipment, along with other interesting gimmicks that made for a lighthearted affair. The inaugural iteration of Players Weekend was well-received by fans and players alike.
It does not appear that MLB has yet to make any official announcement about holding the event again this season. However, if there is a second Players Weekend, San Francisco Giants pitcher Derek Holland has an awesome idea for how his nickname will read on the back of his jersey. And it was all spawned by a recent amusing graphics gaffe by ESPN.
Last weekend, ESPN displayed a chyron in which Holland’s last name actually read “LASTNAME.”
Is that his real last name pic.twitter.com/Ux7cIML3w2
— 12up (@12upSport) June 5, 2018
The mistake inspired Holland to come up with a fantastic Players Weekend moniker, per San Francisco Chronicle’s Giants beat writer Henry Schulman.
Derek Holland is trying to change his name on his uniform for nickname weekend to LASTNAME and that is the coolest thing I heard today.
— Henry Schulman (@hankschulman) June 7, 2018
Nicknames of course have to be approved by Major League Baseball. Odds are “NICKNAME” would be approved, right?