NNSFP: Grey-Eyed Man of Destiny

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Nickname Seeks Former Player: Grey-Eyed Man of Destiny

Full Disclosure: I’m really writing one of these because there hasn’t been one in a while, and I miss them. I realize that this is Dayn Perry’s shtick, and repurposing it may very well warrant me a soup bone to the jaw, but nevertheless, I’m going to give it a shot.

The inspiration for this nickname comes from Internet baseball writer/nerdfather Rob Neyer, and one of his recent tweets. This Mr. Walker was quite a person of history, having conquered Mexico, Nicaragua, and Honduras in a mere 46-year span. His death was most likely bloody, which gives him both life-style and lifestyle points. But that nickname. That nickname can be better used.

We should – nay, MUST – find a former player that best fits this name. Remember, this exercise requires said player not to be former in the sense that he formally was alive, just formally a baseballer.

In the spirit of Mr. Walker, this player should also be grey-/steely-eyed (eyes made of actual musket balls do qualify), and have fulfilled or at least possessed a destiny. Bonus points to any player who waltzed into a foreign country and usurped its regime. This man must be a grizzled, grizzly, gizzard-eater. His victories in war might possibly outweigh his victories in WAR. This must be a man of the people, in that he most likely killed, and certainly was murdered by, people. Patriot? Perhaps.  Patronizing? Probably. People Person? PFFT!

Sound off, fair NotGraphs readers. Which former player deserves the moniker of “Grey-Eyed Man of Destiny”? You nominations will be considered, with the top candidates meeting in a showdown next week.




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David G. Temple is the Managing Editor of TechGraphs and a contributor to FanGraphs, NotGraphs and The Hardball Times. He hosts the award-eligible podcast Stealing Home. Dayn Perry once called him a "Bible Made of Lasers." Follow him on Twitter @davidgtemple.


31 Responses to “NNSFP: Grey-Eyed Man of Destiny”

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  1. Chris says:

    Josh Hamilton

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  2. Bambino's Last Stand says:

    Is old hoss too obvious? He’d probably claim to have overtaken a few counties.

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  3. AlexandertheMeh says:

    Matt Kemp

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  4. olethros says:

    Formally? This is Moe Berg.

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  5. Semi Pro says:

    Cal Ripken.

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  6. Chris W says:

    Clearly Rollie Fingers.

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  7. Dayn Perry says:

    Eddie Murray.

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  8. Røark says:

    Wade Boggs.

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  9. KB says:

    Tris Speaker.

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  10. yep says:

    “Lawrence, you are going to be part of history.” – Indians’ owner Bill Veeck “Part of history? I have no notions about that. I just want to play baseball.” – Larry Doby

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  11. Dan Gladden says:

    Tony Perez

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  12. John says:

    Nickname seeks **former** player.

    How about Jim Palmer?

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  13. Mike says:

    Ted Williams.

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  14. Nu? billy bar oooo says:

    Mike Greenwell

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  15. AC of DC says:

    Not to nitpick, as it may have been a typo, but if this tablet is accurate it bears repetition: This forthright chap went from birth, through invasion and presidency, to execution in a mere thirty-six years, not forty-six. What have we all done with our lives in contrast? Scarcely an invader among us, I’d wager, though some have time yet.

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  16. Smooth says:

    Hello! Dick Allen!

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  17. robertobeers says:

    Math double check:

    1860-1824 = 36-years-old.

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  18. samuelraphael says:

    Don Larsen

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  19. Big Jgke says:

    William Walker invaded those countries to establish slave colonies. I know this is all in jest, but its celebrating a real piece of crap.

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  20. Resolution says:

    Jeff Fucking Blauser

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  21. Dale Sveum says:

    Deion Sanders

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  22. Bob Feller says:

    me, of course.

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