Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Clerical Nicknames

"Gather around the preacher man, gather round here...put your dreams in your pocket boy"- Kansas' "The Preacher"



Preacher Roe 
    "I had an uncle who came back from the first World War who hadn't even seen me. He said, 'what's your name, young man?' And for some reason I said, 'Preacher'...My mother said maybe it was because I liked the preacher we had at our church so well."
  Former Cardinal, Pirate, and Dodger great Elwin Charles Roe came from baseball lineage: his father (Charles) was a semi-pro baseball player, who gave up the game to pursue a calling as a country doctor. While in college, the younger Roe (at the urging of his father) would turn down offers to go pro in order to try finishing his degree. He eventually left school, being only one semester short of his degree, in order to sign and play with the St. Louis Cardinal organization.



Tyler Pastornicky

  Acquired in the Yunel Escobar/Alex Gonzalez trade in 2010, the "Rev" (or "Pastor", as some call him) has surprised many with his ascension through the Braves system-having played 128 games for their AA team in Mississippi and only 27 games at AAA Gwinnett. This Elijah-like whirlwind has taken him not to heaven, but to The Ted to begin the 2012 season, as it seems the Braves are confident the 22 year old rookie is an able replacement for the departed Alex Gonzalez. Like Roe, the Rev also comes from a baseball background: father Cliff had a two week stint in Kansas City in June of '83, filling in for injured third baseman George Brett (who reminds me the most of Tyler's soon to be teammate, Chipper Jones). The elder Pastornicky's tenure would be short lived, however, as he only went 4-32 during his brief trial. Hopefully, the Rev will stay in Atlanta longer than the old man did in KC.



   

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