Tuesday, February 03, 2009
The Actual Origins Of Matt Kemp's "Bison" Nickname
108. natepurcell 2006-05-29 11:18:23So the actual originator was commenter D4P, who was riffing on the suggestion by one of the Braves' broadcasters. For full credit, perhaps we can get natepurcell (who infrequently reads me) to answer whether he was watching the TV broadcast that day, or listening to the radio. The former seems more likely than the latter, because if you had Gameday Audio, why would you listen to the game (unless Nate lives in the Atlanta area). According to the List of Atlanta Braves broadcasters Wikipedia page, that means the possible utterer might have been
Kemp has looked a lot better at the plate today. he isnt swinging at balls, looks composed and looks nothing like his adrian beltre impersonation from yesterday.
lol, the braves announcer just call him a big stomping buffalo.
109. autumnlanding 2006-05-29 11:18:45
"like a big buffalo running around the bases"
111. natepurcell 2006-05-29 11:19:53
we now need a nickname for Kemp that has the word buffalo in it.
112. autumnlanding 2006-05-29 11:20:48
i agree buffalo is a HARD nickname
113. mikethinksblue 2006-05-29 11:20:51
buffy comes to mind
116. D4P 2006-05-29 11:22:14
I'm guessing Bob would prefer "bison" over "buffalo."
- TV (assuming a nationally-broadcast TBS game): the late Skip Cary, Chip Caray, Ron Gant, or Don Sutton
- Radio: Pete Van Wieren, Chip Caray, Don Sutton
Update: Why, of course: Wikipedia:
Kemp's nickname is "The Bison." During the second major league game of Kemp's career, on May 29, 2006, he stole second base in the fourth inning, after which Atlanta Braves television announcer Don Sutton said he looked "like a big buffalo running around the bases." The observation was appropriate due to Kemp's imposing size and surprisingly fast footspeed. The nickname was modified to "The Bison," the more proper term for the North American mammal to which the moniker refers.Thanks to JJ24 and CanuckDodger in today's DT thread for pointing this out.
So without Bob's known preference to correct people when they use the word Buffalo, D4P would never had made the comment.