Mar 8, 2010

Chili Davis

From reader Jeremy Wood: the way...I defy you to give me a better baseball name from the eighties than Chili Davis.

Chili Davis is a fantastic name, but not as good as my No. 1.

10. Spike Owen. I've been going back and forth trying to figure out if this is a tough name or not.

9. Mookie Wilson.

No list is complete without a Mookie.

8. Onix Concepcion. Though not related, he sounds like Dave's little brother that always wanted to play stick ball, but every game ended up the "automatic catcher"

7. Chet Lemon. 'Chet' isn't an acceptable name unless it's immediately followed by 'Lemon'.

6. Pascual Perez.

I always wondered if his head was detachable.

5. Billy Jo Robidoux. Should've been the Ole Miss quarterback during a 4-7 season in 1992.

4. Tippy Martinez. If your friend has had way too much to drink, you can say he/she is 'Tippy Martinez'.

3. Fernando Valenzuela. He was a left-handed pitcher, but with this name he could've been anybody: heroic outlaw; sensitive lover on a low-rated Spanish soap opera; CEO of a company that makes rubber penguins; ice cream man.

2. Chili Davis. Would easily be the coolest dude in the room.....

1. Ozzie Virgil. .....unless this guy was there, too.


  1. I forgot about Chet favorite player on my adoptive second team (I have lots of family in Michigan who are Tiger fans, and went to a few games at the old Tiger Stadium. My Grandpa nicknamed me Chet.). Mookie Davis was the only other really good one I could think of.
    In the spirit of lists, and inspired by the picture of Pascual baseball mullets from the eighties? Don't know if you happened to watch SportsCenter this morning, but they did a retrospective on the earthquake that interrupted the Bay Bridge Series in 1989, and Storm Davis' hair was fantastic. Almost equally jarring was a present-day interview with my then-hero Will Clark, who looks like he's about 250 pounds and bald on top.

  2. Chet Lemon is part of a great Tigers' offense on RBI Baseball.

  3. batting behind Lou Whitaker, Alan Trammell and Kurt Gibson? How about Matt Nokes and Dave Bergmann?
    Are you on facebook?

  4. On facebook as Derwood Morris. Also check out and The Bobby's faecbook group.