Recently the Yankees PR department saw the need to name the two-headed monster that lives in the bullpen—because Dellin and Andrew just weren’t cutting it. Personally, I thought it was a great idea. Nicknames are inherently a part of sports, ingrained in the vernacular and naturally found in the vocabulary. The Yankees tweeted out some options and fans got to vote. Ultimately, the fan base decided on #DnA (Dellin ‘n’ Andrew). Again, I thought this was the right decision. But in the spirit of all this DNA talk, I figured a dissection on the decision-making process was in order. Here is a breakdown of the options and what they bring to the table:
Ah the winner—and a glorious victory it is. This one is my personal favorite, and obviously the favorite of the fan base. Honestly, I think the lowercase ‘n’ sold me. If it were uppercase I’d argue it was misleading or confusing, but the execution in this nickname is flawless. Obviously it incorporates both Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller’s names. It’s also short and sweet, won’t take up many characters when used in tweets and has a connection to the real world. Oh, and it gave me a witty scientifically termed title to this article. That always helps.
Eh. That’s about all I have to say about this one. Sure, strikes in baseball are cool. Maybe this one is hurt by the strength of its competition rather than its own inadequacies, but it certainly doesn’t have any staying power with me.
Towers of Power was my runner up. I think that is because of the spider web of connections it has. Both Betances and Miller are tall human beings at 6’ 8" and 6’ 7", respectively, towers in their own way. New York City is also home to some of the most towering buildings in the country. Lastly, both Betances and Miller are power pitches, connecting in the latter of the words in Towers of Power. This was a close one, but definitely a secondary option. Nice try, though.
This one literally doesn’t make any impression on me. In one ear and out the other, unfortunately. There were better options and a better option was chosen, thankfully.
The real world connection is fantastic. I love it. The baseball connection is there as well. But it still feels like a loose option to me. There is no personalization to Betances and Miller, or even the Yankees at all. This could be for any two-headed bullpen monster. Definitely dock points for the generality.
Those were the options. Let me know your opinions below!