Now baseball’s relievers are generally known to be some of the quirkiest characters on a team so it’s not surprising that some of the more colorful nicknames belong to the men of the pen. Again, there are several worth highlighting.
First place honors go to Mitch “Wild Thing” Williams. He earned the name with his oversized wind-up and release, not to mention his frequent wild pitches. He played for the Phillies from 1991-1993 and often gave managers gray hairs by walking the bases load before striking out the side. When he came in from the bullpen The Troggs song "Wild Thing" would blare from the stadium speakers and the fans would go, well, wild.
Then there’s Brad “Light’s Out” Lidge. He joined the Phillies in 2008 and unquestionably earned his nickname going a perfect 41-for-41 in saves for the regular season and 7-for-7 in the postseason ending with the save that sealed the World Series for the Phillies. It was a season and a "Light's Out" performance for the ages.
Runner-up goes to Steve Bedrosian nicknamed "Bedrock." Some say it was a reference to the 1960’s cartoon "The Flinstones" but it was definitely a reflection of his solid dependability. He played for the Phillies from 1986-1989 and was the rock of the bullpen even winning the Cy Young Award in 1987, an unusual feat for a reliever.
And our "nickname was better than the career" winner is Antonio Alfonseco. His nickname was "El Pulpo," "The Octopus" because he had six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot. Try to beat that one sports fans!
So there you have it, the All-Star Team of Phillies nicknames. I wonder how they’d do against the Yankees or Red Sox All-Nickname Teams.