Dedicated to the Player, Not the Game

Hmm. Was hoping for a different definition of “cans”

Fantasy baseball players are comfortable with the idea. We often root for a player above all else – we need those statistics, even if it means that Nick Swisher hits a home run against our beloved Sawx. But this, this group of “McCann’s Cans,” this is a horse of a different tune. This looks a little bit… crazy. Maybe something’s in the water in Atlanta, because Gary Sheffield also got the fanatic treatment.

Sheff’s Chefs cooking up some goodwill.

It’s not all Atlanta’s ‘fault,’ though. Check out this lovely section dedicated to Kevin Maas, called the “Maas-tops,” highlighted in this descriptive quote from Wikipedia.

“Like Mattingly, Maas was a left-handed batter. As a result many of his home runs went into the right field stands. About halfway through the season a group of a dozen or so young ladies began wearing “Maas-tops” to Yankees home games and sitting in the right field stands. Whenever Maas hit a home run to right, the girls would get up, remove their tops and jump up and down until Maas finished circling the bases. However after a few home runs the women were banned from entering Yankee Stadium.”

Ah, stupid Yankee Stadium security guards. If only there were photographic evidence of this group. Then again, this sort of player-based fandom could actually be coming from Atlanta. Here is probably the high-water mark, the moment when wave broke and returned home to wash the makeup off.

Too far, fellas, too far.

Did Kenshin Kawakami know this group even existed? Not quite “Frenchy’s Franks,” was it? I suppose this next one counts, although they never adopted a clever moniker.

This picture was (probably) taken at a Giants game.

All this next group needed was a little shoe polish. Instant fun!

Sal’s Pals lost their sleeves on the way to the park.

Who could forget the ConeHeads? All sorts of fun. Let’s humbly suggest some more fangroups, in case someone out there enjoys getting dressed up, shall we? Apologies up front, but I’ll try to get this started: Adrian Beltre‘s Bell-Trees? Eh, what is a Bell Tree anyway. Robinson Cano‘s Canoes? Might be a tough costume. Shin-Soo Choo‘s Choo-Choos? That’s a winner.

Photo H/Ts: McCann’s Cans Facebook Page, Atlanta Journal and Constitution (Sheffield), Talking Chop (Kawakami), Polar Bear News (Pandas), The700Level (Fasano).

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  1. Jdanger says:

    Grady’s Ladies.

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  2. Eno Sarris says:

    Sam Page pointed out the “Milledge People” on twitter

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  3. Eno Sarris says:

    And Mike Meech says the Wolf Pack was one of the most popular.

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  4. Mac says:

    In Oakland we have the Kouzamanuts. Put one into orbit Kevin!

    Keeping with the Atlanta tradition, how about the Jason Heyward’s Hay Wards? They’ll needle the opposition and be delighted when the almost-RoY bales out the team.

    And any time the Cubs come to town I try to go sit in the outfield with a sign saying Dempster’s Dumpster so hitters have a place to deposit fastballs.

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  5. Rico says:

    The Giants had a group of girls in the upper-decks called Noah’s Ninjas for Noah Lowry. And one guy this season carried around a sign saying “President of the Eli Whiteside Fan Club” in honor of the backup catcher

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  6. Nate says:

    Not exactly a fangroup per se, but when Tim Salmon played in Anaheim, he and his wife donated 100 tickets per game to various charities for seats in the right field stands. They called the area “The Fish Bowl”.

    We’re now all eagerly awaiting Mike Trout’s ascension into the outfield so we can re-christen it with its piscine moniker.

    I propose “Nap’s Chaps” for Mike Napoli. You could either go British or cowboy with the ‘chaps’ idea.

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