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Joakim Soria wants a new nickname

Feb 22, 2011, 9:02 AM EDT

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Joakim Soria is smart for at least two reasons. First: he understands that one cannot choose one’s own nickname.  Second, he understands that being called “Mexicutioner” is a pretty tough thing these days given all of the execution-style killings going down in his native Mexico.  In light of this, he offered a plea this morning:

how about if we change my nickname to something positive? in support to mexico to stop all the violence !!!

I’m not a big fan of sports-as-symbolism — I thought it was tremendously weak when the Washington Bullets changed their name to the Wizards — but I understand how this is different to Soria.  It’s a personal appellation for one thing, not a team name.  It’s also way more on-the-nose with respect to the violence in Mexico than “Bullets” was to violence in D.C. in the mid-90s.  And at least “Bullets” had a different intention (i.e. “faster than a speeding …”).  I totally get his discomfort and I’m on board with him wanting to have it changed.

But what it gets changed to is kind of up to us, isn’t it?  I don’t know that I have any ideas that he’d actually be cool with.  Most that spring to mind have to do with him being the lone elite talent on the Royals, and something tells me that he wouldn’t get on board with that sort of thing.

Ideas in the thread.  Nickname dissemination is an inexact science, but I’ll try to get the best one trending and maybe it will stick.

  1. bdickey33 - Feb 22, 2011 at 9:09 AM

    J K

  2. jasoncollette - Feb 22, 2011 at 9:11 AM

    “Rays new closer”

  3. 3rdperiodpoints - Feb 22, 2011 at 9:12 AM

    Jack the Ripper? Too British?

  4. BC - Feb 22, 2011 at 9:15 AM

    How about the Joakiminator?

    • Jonny 5 - Feb 22, 2011 at 9:31 AM

      Dude you can’t spell. Please see below for a lesson…

  5. flalaw - Feb 22, 2011 at 9:16 AM

    “Maytag”, as in the lonely repairman, given that KC won’t win many games this year.

    or if he wants something positive and not too far removed from his previous nickname, “Mexcellence”.

    • indaburg - Feb 22, 2011 at 10:02 AM

      I like it. His Mexcellence.

    • jetersusedjersey - Feb 22, 2011 at 10:08 AM

      I like Mexellence! We could expand it. “The Royal King of Saves, His Mexellence, Joakim Soria!”

  6. woodenulykteneau - Feb 22, 2011 at 9:22 AM

    el cerrado

    Literally, the closed one, but spanglish enough for most folks to understand.

  7. drunkenhooliganism - Feb 22, 2011 at 9:26 AM

    how about the mexikidnapper?

  8. Jonny 5 - Feb 22, 2011 at 9:30 AM

    Waakeeminator!!!

  9. bloodysock - Feb 22, 2011 at 9:45 AM

    Joakim Phoenix

  10. hasbeen5 - Feb 22, 2011 at 9:49 AM

    Too bad, I thought the Mexicutioner was one of the better nicks in the game, but I get his point. Mexcellence is pretty good though.

  11. mmcurry - Feb 22, 2011 at 10:12 AM

    Obviously, Lonesome Dove.

  12. pfunk42 - Feb 22, 2011 at 10:26 AM

    El Salvador

  13. trevorb06 - Feb 22, 2011 at 11:21 AM

    Lets stop Joakim Around guys and figure out a new nick here, comon’!

  14. fquaye149 - Feb 22, 2011 at 5:16 PM

    Prince Joakim

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