Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau need their own nickname

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The Twins may have won four of six sans reigning A.L. MVP Joe Mauer in the lineup, but there's no deluding ourselves that, in the long haul, the Boys won't get far without the league's second-best player.  But even with the local luminary missing a spell with a bum heel: This is a special time in Twins baseball. 

We've opened the renewed outdoor era in style, as evidenced by the team's 9-4 home record.  The club is celebrating their 50th season in Minnesota.  And, with Mauer back in the lineup batting before Justin Morneau, the Twins sport two of the A.L.'s  past four MVP's, both of whom are signed, defined and in their prime. 

But we've become lazy, complacent in our appreciation of these two -- at least as far as their moniker is concerned.  The "M&M" boys is tired, and stolen, heisted from the appellation coined by New York sportswriters in the early 1960's (for those who may not know) to both couple and rival the home run chase of Yankees' Mickey Mantle and Minnesota-born Roger Maris in '61.  That season -- the same year the Twins were born -- serves among the most memorable of the last 50 years. So let's leave it there.

This is our time.  This is our new park, our Golden Anniversary, and our potent MVP duo.  Hell, we don't want anything from the Yankees, and with two ensuing May series vs. the Pinstripes, it's our collective hope that our club can impress that strut upon the defending World Champs.  Moreover: Minneapolis consistently ranks in the Union's top three "Most Literate Cities."  We're smart enough to come up with our own shtick.

Let us roll out some new nicknames.  Either remark/vote on these, or kindly offer some of your own suggestions.  Our horses have earned it.  Here are some of my offerings:

Canada/Dry

Justin/Bleater (Mauer)

Tall & Oates

10,000 Rakes

 

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MVTree

Maple Stirrup

Rolling J's

2M

Loyal & Hearty

Money & Bear

North Soul

Wins'r Canadian

JM's Cook: See

Canadian Rakin'

Blonde on Pond

 


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Sominboy27
Sominboy27

how 'bout "Joe Cool" and "The Big C"

Malone
Malone

I like the J Crew...my favorite...or the J-Team...

dpschumache
dpschumache

On today, Gone tomorrow

Single and Homerun (also works for their personal lives, Joe's single and have you seen Justin's wife?!?! O Canada!)

On Target Boys (Ooooo! Corp. Sponsership possibilities. Perfect for today's world)

The double triple

Of my previous, I really think the Bleach Brothers (cause they do clean up the bases and are really really white. Have you heard Joe rap???) and the ERA Killers because they appear to be the least aggressive guys in MLB as far as tempers.

I like Pine Brothers and I've "Canadian Clubber" / "King of St. Paul"

And if we want to use TV shows (twin peaks) how about two of my favorite shows, Northern Exposure or Early Addition (Watch the game and you'll know tomorrows headlines)

Judd
Judd

kroggy -- "J. Crew," very nice. Pop it into the top-10. I like that clean-cut vibe to match the new environs.

Cindi -- Not sure the dudes will trend toward Mauer's booty.

trevovavre & Charlie -- If Sherilyn Fenn is involved, I'm in. Otherwise, Mauer needs to start hitting some bombs toward the tree-lined batter's eye before any peaks or pines comes into word play.

Ali -- May I please offer the same reply for "Drew."

TracyMN -- Since becoming a Twitter following of the lovely Milano, I must say I'm damn impressed at her MLB knowledge.

TracyMN
TracyMN

Not to rip off Ali but the J&J boys since their first names both start with J...or the hit and homer brothers...and for the record I refer to Carl "I used to date Alyssa Milano" Pavano as such... I think I envy him more for that then for pitching for the Twins.

Ali
Ali

What about simply the "J Boys" or "J Twins"not very original, but it's simple and they seem like simple guys.

Charlie
Charlie

How about Twin Peaks

Cindi
Cindi

Justin: Queen's Ran Some Surely's Temple

Joe: Thing of Booty The King of Swings

kroggy
kroggy

I like "SUM 40"

but how about "The J-CREW"or "THE MASH'eM BROTHERS"

Judd
Judd

PB&J -- "MoreYes" enters the top-10. Inversely, I've heard other teams refer to the Canadian side as "NoMore" when dude gets cooking. No sure I get the "2:30" show. Please explain.

Dpschumache -- Wow, an impressive and varied list. I'm plucking "Nice and Nicer" and "On and Gone" (terrific) and "The Bleach Brothers from the many fine offerings. I also think "Bleach Bros." is special because of the potential double-entendre consider "Bash Brother" juicers Canseco & McGwire.

Dwyerst -- "White Rain" may prove more apt today . . . And, yes, I do like to save $$$ on that shampoo when times get tight.

Drew -- I think the "maybe" can be extracted from your third 'graph. I belive, when asked on "Homecoming with Rick Reilly" what Mauer would be doing if not playing pro ball, he replied, "Own a sporting goods store." When asked the name of said store, he responded with something akin to, "Joe's Sporting Goods."

Drew
Drew

I've always thought the "Canadian Clubber" and the "King of St. Paul" worked best. Morneau was once quoted calling Mauer that.

Here's an idea. Why not ask what these two want to be called?

Maybe they'll simply reply: Justin, Joe, accordingly. That is pure and simple. True to the image of these men.

dwyerst
dwyerst

Canada Dry is hysterical! White tornados? Mauer Cowbell? Two guys and a bat?

dpschumache
dpschumache

Flower power (it rhymes...not the best i know)

The Natorious M.V.P.'s (just because they are the whitest most soft spoken guys in baseball).

Never Shaken or Stirred

Tiger Tamers

Knock your sox off

Boundry water boys

Mor Pauer (More Power)

Joe and Morneau

The hardest names in baseball (I had to bot back and correct my spelling of their names in my post about 3 times)

The Caller and Taller

The Bleach Brothers (They'll clean up any mess)

Dpschumache
Dpschumache

The Smash Brothers (In honor of the Minnesota classic, The Mighty Ducks)

On and Gone(Mauer's high BA)/(Morneau HR's)

ERA Killers

Oops! They did it again!

Nice and Nicer

Just Add Water (Shoot son, they got everything else)

Breaking records (Mauer)and taking names(Morneau).

PB&J
PB&J

I agree you have a very skilled audience. A few other recommendationsThe Mauer Hour MoryesHome & AwaySlim & ScrappyThe 2:30 Show

Keep up the great work Judd.

Judd
Judd

Brady -- "Mau you Neau," I mean that's just exceptional. On my list, I think I'm rolling with the Dylan-inspired "Blone on Pond," but those two, for me, are now neck-and-neck.

Sticking with the nicknames, heard this one from reader "Cubby" regarding maligned, albiet improving reliever Jesse, announcing him as the "Crain Wreck."

Brady
Brady

Mauer, I would!

Justin neau's Baseball

Mau you Neau (Now you Know)

Morneau the Show

The Mor you neau

Nice Morneauing you.

myles
myles

how about theMornauer Boys?

Next up... The Mornauers

duke
duke

so many clever people read your stuff, it's hard to compete. how about on bad days we just call them manure.

Judd
Judd

Anon. -- A reference to Mauer's injury history perhaps? Love the Delmon, but maybe his no longer as ticklish now that's he's down 30 lbs. What's more ticklish: fat or muscle? I always forget that one.

Cassie -- Morneau (Tall)/ Mauer (Oats), the latter a reference to the catcher's bucolic nature.

Chuck -- "Lawn Mauer." Love it, especially in the outdoor context.

Electro -- Damn, "Sum 40." Wish I'd thought of that one. And maybe it should be "Backbone & Heelbone" is your going for the injury history.

Electro
Electro

Very creative. Canada/Dry.Its a new day for the Twins, bring on the Yanks! NO MORE GIVING UP GAMES TO THOSE GUYS!Other possible nicknames, Next Generation, Backbone and Thighbone, Brains and Brute,Sum 40.

Chuck Norris
Chuck Norris

Bazooka Joe, Mauer Power, He'll take your daughter's flower-Mauer, Lawn Mauer...Morneau the show, Bustin Justin, THIS Justin. The Joe's.

Cassie
Cassie

I don't understand some of them but the one that sounds the best would either be tall&oats (please explain) and the rolling J's. Or I was thinking you could go with something like Team J or just as simple as the JM Twins, being as though they both have the same initials.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Joe meow meow.

And for Delmon Young- Tickle me Delmo.

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