Our national pastime has had bundles of great players with one-of-a-kind nicknames.
Now, it's just too hard to have a "Top 10 List" of all-time greatest baseball pseudos, especially when there isn't a clear cut favorite on a list that includes Iron Horse, Sultan of Swat, Say Hey Kid, Shoeless, Splendid Splinter, Mr. October, and Charlie Hustle.
So I've decided to have some fun with the best alter-egos of the final decade of the century. That's right, the 1990s baby!
The '90s was a decade that showcased some of the most awe-inspiring moments in my baseball memory banks, even if I was only born in 1987.
Kirby Puckett, Joe Carter, "Slammin" Sammy Sosa and "Ironman" Cal Ripken Jr. all made the '90s memorable for myself and millions of other people, but none of them could crack the countdown for best nicknames.
To be eligible for this list, all players had to have played for at least half of the decade.
Hence, "The Ryan Express" didn't brand his name onto the list, though if he didn't pound Robin Ventura to a pulp back in '93, Nolan Ryan would definitely be a contender for the top spot.
Oh well, I think Ryan has enough career accolades, so this won't bum him out too much. But in the spirit of Texas and fastballs, my list begins with another Houston-area native and flamethrower.
Can you guess who?