HOUSTON -- When he was on the disabled list while playing for the Marlins a few years ago, Astros outfielder Jake Marisnick had a tendency to satisfy his sweet tooth.Marisnick was admittedly eating too much junk food, and his teammates -- including his close friend, Christian Yelich -- took notice,
HOUSTON -- When he was on the disabled list while playing for the Marlins a few years ago, Astros outfielder Jake Marisnick had a tendency to satisfy his sweet tooth.
Marisnick was admittedly eating too much junk food, and his teammates -- including his close friend, Christian Yelich -- took notice, giving him the nickname "Big Fudge," which is also the nickname of a character named Marshall on the sitcom "How I Met Your Mother."
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So when it came time to choose what to put on the back of his jersey this Friday through Sunday for Players Weekend, Marisnick went with "Big Fudge." MLB and the MLB Players' Association are introducing the inaugural Players Weekend and all players will wear colorful, non-traditional uniforms featuring alternate designs.
"I guess the guys remaking fun of me because I was eating lot of junk food and stuff," Marisnick said. "One of the guys on 'How I Met Your Mother' is 'Big Fudge,' and it just kind of stuck. All the guys still call me 'Big Fudge,' so 'Big Fudge' it is."
Players will have the opportunity to have a nickname placed on the back of the jerseys made by Majestic Athletic, as well as to wear and use uniquely colored and designed spikes, batting gloves, wristbands, compression sleeves, catcher's masks and bats.
Marisnick said there is no truth to the rumor he gained some weight while on the DL, which might have led to the nickname as well.
"I was just eating everything in sight and always had candy or something in my hand," he said. "They always had a good time with it."
Players will wear specially designed caps by New Era, and unique socks from Stance. During pregame workouts and postgame interviews, they will wear T-shirts highlighting a charity or cause of their choice.
Also, each player will wear a special patch on his sleeve showing the progression of a child evolving into a Major Leaguer. Under that logo is white space, and every player will mark a name of a person who they are grateful to for helping them advance their careers, such as family or a coach.
Game-worn, Players Weekend jerseys will be auctioned at MLB.com/auctions with 100 percent of net proceeds donated to the MLB-MLBPA Youth Development Foundation, a joint effort established in July 2015 by MLB and the MLBPA with an initial commitment of $30 million focused on improving the caliber, effectiveness and availability of amateur baseball and softball programs across the U.S. and Canada.
The uniforms will first be worn by the Pirates and Cardinals during the MLB Little League Classic to be played in Williamsport, Pa., on Sunday at 6 p.m. CT during the 2017 Little League World Series. That game will take place at Bowman Field, home of the Williamsport Crosscutters, a Phillies affiliate in the Short-Season Class A New York-Penn League.
Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter.