We each go by a name that is different from the one that appears on our birth certificate.
A great nickname cannot be forced; it must come naturally and organically.
Premeditated nicknames simply don't work, and they generally have little staying power, fading from our minds as quickly as they entered.
Nicknames can come from anywhere: our family, our friends, our significant others and, in the case of professional athletes, fans as well.
While my family and co-workers call me by my given name, Rick, almost all of my friends call me Hoops, a name I was given by one of my fraternity brothers in college after a rather uninspiring performance in an intramural basketball game.
That I was in the midst of a three-year stint working for the New York Knicks only made the moniker all the more relevant.
Baseball has a long, storied history of outstanding nicknames, from "The Iron Horse" to "Teddy Ballgame," from the "Say Hey Kid" to the "Big Hurt."
Today's players are no different. They too have names that, while different from the ones on their jerseys, will get their attention when called out.
But not all nicknames are created equal, and some are simply better than others.
With that in mind, let's take a look at the 10 best nicknames in baseball today.