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January 07, 2007

A New Name For Mister Mxyzptlk

Since Doug Mientkiewicz is on the Yankees roster, I need to come up with a plan.

As a blogger, spelling his last name (correctly) each time that I write about him is going to be a pain. I suppose that I could learn to spell it correctly, in time - but, that makes little sense to me because I don't think he will have a very long life in Yankeeland.

Therefore, I've decided that I'm not going to refer to him as "Doug Mientkiewicz" - instead, I'm just going to call him "Rico Bergman."

"Rico Bergman" is easier to spell correctly. It works for me.

And, as it is a mix of Rico Brogna and Dave Bergman, it seems like a fitting handle for Doug Mientkiewicz.

Welcome to the Yankees, Rico Bergman, just remember that the balls are team property and should not be used for personal gain.

Posted by Steve Lombardi at January 7, 2007 10:12 AM


Or you could just call him Doug M. or Minky like everyone else does. Would probably be a lot less confusing.

Though I would like to be there when an unsuspecting Yankee fan reads that name during the season and says, "Who the f--k is Rico Bergman?"

Posted by: baileywalk [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 7, 2007 11:08 AM

I appreciate the ingenuity, Steve. I don't know if you followed the nickname brainstorm session over at Bronx Banter the other day... over there we basically agreed on ManCaveItch (MCI) as our moniker. In the meantime we also came up with a nickname for the Yankees' Japanese addition: K Quest. This is based on his SI interview when his answer to the question "what is your motto?" was undoubtedly mistranslated as "Quest."

Posted by: mehmattski [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 7, 2007 11:49 AM

I dunno - I was thinking about "Iggy Slop" myself.

Posted by: Steve Lombardi [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 7, 2007 02:27 PM