For Pete's Sake

Royals’ Eric Hosmer, Salvy Perez pay tribute to parents on Players Weekend

Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer showed off his Players Weekend look.
Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer showed off his Players Weekend look.

The Royals seem pretty excited about the inaugural Players Weekend.

In addition to wearing jerseys with their nicknames, players have the option to use colored bats, pay tribute to someone on a patch on their uniforms and do something special with their shoes.

Many Royals players shared photos of the special gear they will have for this weekend’s series in Cleveland.

Should third baseman Mike Moustakas break the Royals’ single-season home-run record in Cleveland, his jersey could be headed to the team’s Hall of Fame. It will say Moose.

First baseman Eric Hosmer’s shoes say “mom” and “pops” and have the number 260. He wrote in an Instagram post: “260 was my dad badge number for city of Miami fire dept in liberty city (station 9)”

 

#playersweekend 260 was my dad badge number for city of Miami fire dept in liberty city (station 9)

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Papo” was a nickname that Hosmer was given when he first got to the majors.

 

Papo in the house #playersweekend

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On his patch, Royals catcher Salvador Perez wrote: “Gracias Dio y Mama,” which means “Thank you God and mama.”

 

#playersweekend

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Second baseman Whit Merrifield’s nickname was given to him by his father.

 

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Tight. @oldhickorybat #playersweekend

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Catcher Drew Butera also gave thanks to his parents:

 

#playersweekend

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Shortstop Alcides Escobar’s bats pay tribute to his home country. A translation of what Escobar wrote: “I am going to use it in honor to my country proud of being Venezuelan...”

Pitcher Peter Moylan’s jersey:

Moustakas shared this photo of designated hitter Brandon Moss:

Outfielder Melky Cabrera’s “Melk Man” jersey, and his patch also gives thanks to God and his mother:

 

#playersweekend #melkman53

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Moustakas shared this photo of the various bats players will use, and it seems that left fielder Alex Gordon has the Nebraska state flag on his bat, while outfielder Lorenzo Cain’s has the state flag of Florida:

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