Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo
You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Baseball Primer Newsblog > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Red Sox prospect Jeter Downs has tough name to live up to

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Carrying one of the most hated sports names in Boston is already enough of a burden, so Jeter Downs won’t also try to be the guy who replaces Mookie Betts.

The former Dodgers prospect, who was named after Hall of Famer Derek Jeter by his Yankees-loving mother, was acquired in the deal that sent Betts to Los Angeles on the eve of spring training.

And he knew the question was coming.

“Obviously, I’m going to get bombarded with this whole name thing,” he said in the Red Sox clubhouse Wednesday before the team’s first formal workout of spring training. “It’s pretty cool. And I guess my mom, she knew what she was doing when she named me Jeter.”

I seem to remember losing $5 betting on racing at Jeter Downs in the OTB parlor of a down-market racetrack once.

 

QLE Posted: February 13, 2020 at 01:03 AM | 12 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: great name, jeter downs, prospects, red sox

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

   1. Lowry Seasoning Salt Posted: February 13, 2020 at 01:26 AM (#5924076)
In case the naming connection to Derek Jeter isn't enough, Downs also shares a birthday with Alex Rodriguez. Hopefully, the kid has a career even half as good as those two retired guys.
   2. Mayor Blomberg Posted: February 13, 2020 at 01:34 AM (#5924077)
So the last name isn't for Kelly Downs?
   3. villageidiom Posted: February 13, 2020 at 07:32 AM (#5924086)
So the last name isn't for Kelly Downs?
For his last name, he was named after Red Sox prospect Jerry Downs. By "named after" I mean chronologically. Jerry's his older brother.

Every time I hear of a Red Sox prospect having a mother who's a Yankees fan - which admittedly isn't often - I think back to Carl Pavano's mother saying that Boston trading him away for Pedro Martinez will come back to haunt them just like when they traded Babe Ruth. Heh.
   4. Nasty Nate Posted: February 13, 2020 at 08:31 AM (#5924092)
Oh, the article is about his first name...
   5. TJ Posted: February 13, 2020 at 08:43 AM (#5924097)
Glad the mom wasn't a fan of the Toronto Blue Jays of the 1980's or the kid could have been named "Upshaw Downs"...
   6. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: February 13, 2020 at 10:39 AM (#5924146)
Glad the mom wasn't a fan of the Toronto Blue Jays of the 1980's or the kid could have been named "Upshaw Downs"...
Or that he wasn't born a few years earlier. "Stankiewicz Downs" just doesn't have the same ring.
   7. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: February 13, 2020 at 11:12 AM (#5924161)
I won't feel any better about the trade until he changes his name to Nomar Downs.
   8. SoSH U at work Posted: February 13, 2020 at 11:19 AM (#5924164)
Glad the mom wasn't a fan of the Toronto Blue Jays of the 1980's or the kid could have been named "Upshaw Downs"...


It's too bad his mom wasn't a fan of Kenny Powers, where he could be Eastbound & Downs.

   9. Howie Menckel Posted: February 13, 2020 at 11:48 AM (#5924175)
if his mom was a WW II history buff, then Churchill Downs would be a fine name
   10. Mike Webber Posted: February 13, 2020 at 12:16 PM (#5924190)
I seem to remember losing $5 betting on racing at Jeter Downs in the OTB parlor of a down-market racetrack once.

 


Add a buzzcocks reference and this is a perfect Repoz introduction.
   11. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: February 13, 2020 at 12:52 PM (#5924213)
if his mom was a WW II history buff, then Churchill Downs would be a fine name

This also works if she was a fan of A-Rod.
   12. asinwreck Posted: February 13, 2020 at 03:00 PM (#5924251)
This prospect would fit better with the White Sox, given the logo of the company that has naming rights to the home field.

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.

 

 

<< Back to main

News

All News | Prime News

Old-School Newsstand


BBTF Partner

Dynasty League Baseball

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
Don Malcolm
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogPosnanski: Baseball 100 Rules
(701 - 7:35pm, Feb 23)
Last: cookiedabookie

NewsblogFans heckling Astros spring opener get signs stolen
(6 - 7:26pm, Feb 23)
Last: Adam Starblind

NewsblogOT - NBA Thread 2020
(1420 - 7:05pm, Feb 23)
Last: Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb

NewsblogMLB was told about the Astros’ system years ago and did nothing
(14 - 5:16pm, Feb 23)
Last: Ron J

NewsblogStark: How Francisco Lindor reminds us that baseball is broken – The Athletic
(20 - 5:00pm, Feb 23)
Last: Ron J

NewsblogTop pick Rutschman not awed in 1st Orioles’ big league camp
(4 - 4:46pm, Feb 23)
Last: Ron J

NewsblogRemember Rusney Castillo? He'll make $14 million in Triple-A, then finally become a free agent
(19 - 4:35pm, Feb 23)
Last: Walt Davis

NewsblogPrimer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-21-2020
(13 - 4:07pm, Feb 23)
Last: Jeremy Renner App is Dead and I killed it

NewsblogAstros scandal: Josh Reddick says he and his teammates have received death threats
(15 - 2:55pm, Feb 23)
Last: Best Dressed Chicken in Town

NewsblogPhillies will unveil a new-look Phanatic on Sunday
(10 - 2:20pm, Feb 23)
Last: puck

NewsblogOT - Soccer Thread - January, 2020
(645 - 12:54pm, Feb 23)
Last: AuntBea calls himself Sky Panther

NewsblogMLB Rumors: Ex-Red Sox pitcher Daniel Bard joins Rockies amid comeback attempt
(6 - 12:36pm, Feb 23)
Last: Fernigal McGunnigle

NewsblogBrandon Morrow sidelined with upper chest strain, no timetable for return
(1 - 11:54am, Feb 23)
Last: Zonk Begs Your Pardon, Mr Blago

NewsblogBlue Jays games will be blacked out on MLB.TV in Canada
(1 - 10:05am, Feb 23)
Last: winnipegwhip

NewsblogHamels rejoins Braves, shoulder still healing
(2 - 9:41am, Feb 23)
Last: Fernigal McGunnigle

Page rendered in 0.8795 seconds
46 querie(s) executed