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Bradley goes 'Hollywood' for Players Weekend

August 25, 2017

PHOENIX -- When Jake Lamb is asked which of his teammates thought up the best nickname for Players Weekend, he takes a glance around the clubhouse."I like Pollo, I like Goldy," Lamb said, referring to A.J. Pollock and Paul Goldschmidt. "I mean, the classic ones."• D-backs Players Weekend gear available

PHOENIX -- When Jake Lamb is asked which of his teammates thought up the best nickname for Players Weekend, he takes a glance around the clubhouse.
"I like Pollo, I like Goldy," Lamb said, referring to A.J. Pollock and Paul Goldschmidt. "I mean, the classic ones."
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Then his eyes lock on to Archie Bradley's locker across the room.
"Then you have Hollywood," Lamb said.
For a player who has earned Twitter shoutouts from NBA stars for his emphatic reactions during big moments, and whose massive beard prompted the D-backs' team shop to create a T-shirt with his face on it, Hollywood was a natural choice.
"It wasn't like a prominent nickname people called me all the time," Bradley said. "But I had people here and there call me it, certain coaches. Just the way it sounded, the ring of it, I've always enjoyed it and always kind of embraced it a little bit."

Bradley's exuberant demeanor is a perfect match for Players Weekend, which allows Major League players to display aspects of their personalities that fans don't normally see.
"I joke around a lot; there's a fine line between cockiness and confidence, and arrogance and competitiveness, and I think I walk the tightrope on that," Bradley said. "It's kind of my personality and who I am, and sometimes I do things a little more Hollywood than other people.

Chris Iannetta, who went with "C.I." for the weekend, owned a nickname that was a bit more creative during his six-year stint with the Rockies.
"When I was with the Rockies, they would call me Sponge," Iannetta said. "Brad Hawpe started calling me Spongebob because I was, like 4 feet wide and 4 feet tall. Nobody calls me that here, so it would have been kind of out of left field."

Jarrid Denney is a reporter for MLB.com based in Phoenix.