Towards the end of the month, all of Major League Baseball will take part in the second annual Players’ Weekend. In an article from MLB.com, Anthony Castrovince summarized the theme and purpose of this now-annual celebration.
“Players’ Weekend presented by Valspar will again bring a bright splash of color to baseball the weekend of August 24-26 with a relaxation of uniform rules and an opportunity for players to salute those who helped pave their paths to the bigs.”
The Mets will also wear the jerseys when they play the Phillies on August 19 in Williamsport, Pa., in the second annual MLB Little League Classic. The game will be televised on ESPN.
As you likely remember from last year’s festivities, one of the highlights of the weekend is getting to see all 30 MLB teams’ alternate uniforms that are designated for the celebration, as well as the nicknames that adorn the backs of the players’ jerseys, which are selected by the players themselves.
The New York Mets roster of nicknames was released on Thursday afternoon, with a few new monikers, some old classics, and, of course, there were some who chose not to use a nickname.
Reliever Jerry Blevins will use “Jer-ry Jer-ry Jer-ry” on his nameplate. Devin Mesoraco will use his everyday nickname, “Rocko”, and backstop Kevin Plawecki will go by “Plaw Dawg”, an extension of the simple “Plaw” that he used last season.
And of course, the group wouldn’t be complete without ace hurler Jacob deGrom using his last name, “deGrom” on the back of his jersey.
A complete list of the Mets’ nicknames can be found here.