Eileen and I spent the evening watching a minor-league baseball game downtown. I'm still getting used to the changes downtown now that the Great Lakes Loons have set up shop down where the old Dow Chemical regional HQ building was at the foot of Main Street.
One interesting footnote was that the Loons, a Dodgers farm club, have a infielder named Pedro Guerrero; the Dodgers had a great outfileder-3B of the same name. It seems like they aren't related, but they are from the same Dominican town, San Pedro de Macoris.
Another interesting name was O'Koyea Dickson. I mentioned to Eileen that I bet that was a somehow inspired by Christian Okoye, one of the few non-North-Americans to play in the NFL other than as a kicker; Okoye came over to Azuza Pacific on a track scholarship (a shot-putter if memory serves) from Nigeria and got turned into a running back who went on to star for Kansas City.
“My dad named me after the football player,” Dickson said, referring to the “Nigerian Nightmare” Christian Okoye, a running back for the Kansas City Chiefs from 1987-1992.
One name that does have a direct Dodger tie in is Jordan Hershiser; Orel's son; a 6-8 tall drink of water just got called up to the Loons and pitched two shut out innings last night.