When Julio Teheran returned to his native Colombia last year, he gained a sense of the international interest Major League Baseball's Players' Weekend created.Teheran's friends and family members from his hometown of Olaya were not pleased with his decision to simply go with "JT," when players were given a chance
When Julio Teheran returned to his native Colombia last year, he gained a sense of the international interest Major League Baseball's Players' Weekend created.
Teheran's friends and family members from his hometown of Olaya were not pleased with his decision to simply go with "JT," when players were given a chance to put nicknames on the backs of their jerseys during last year's inaugural Players' Weekend.
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But they will likely be pleased to see "El Caballo De Olaya" on the back of his jersey as Players' Weekend begins on Friday and runs through Sunday. It translates to "The Horse of Olay."
"In Latin America, the horse is the good player," Teheran said. "So that's why I decided to go with the horse, because that is what they call me back home. They said, 'Everybody here calls you that and that is how we know you.' So that is why this year I decided to go with that nickname."
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Braves rookie phenom Ronald Acuna Jr. will also recognize his hometown of La Sabana, Venezuela, by placing "Sabanero Soy" on the back of his jersey. This essentially translates to "I am Sabanero".
Freddie Freeman will place "Andrew" on the back of his jersey to recognize his oldest brother. He went with his father's name last year and plans to recognize a family member on an annual basis to create a nice keepsake for each of them.
Ender Inciarte will once again don "GAME ENDER" on the back of his jersey in recognition of the game-ending catch he made when he went over Citi Field's center-field wall to deny Yoenis Cespedes of a game-winning home run on Sept. 21, 2016.
Nick Markakis will recognize the names of each of his three sons -- Taylor, Tucker and Toby -- by going with "TTT" on the back of his jersey. Tyler Flowers will follow suit by going with the nickname MMBB -- the first initial of each of his four kids -- Madi, Mia, Brantley and Beckham.
Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001.