On May 25th of last year, I suggested that we should start calling Chien-Ming Wang “Obi Wang.” I know that people liked that – because I’ve seen references to it in many places since that suggestion was first made here.
Still, on May 17th of this year, I wrote about Chien-Ming Wang:
Chien-Ming Wang is now there for me as well – because he is an absolute ground-ball freak. I love to watch him pitch just to see all those grounders. I’m not sure if the stats point to someone else – and I really don’t care, to be honest – because my eyes tell me and my heart believes it – there’s no one better in the game now at getting ground-ball after ground-ball.
And, no one can stop him.
Mr. Wang-der-full, the Grounder King, having it his way. Long live the king!
And, I’ve repeated the “Mr. Wang-der-full” reference, here, at least four times since my first mention of it this past May.
But, now, I think it’s time to move past Obi Wang and Mr. Wang-der-full.
Chien-Ming Wang, after coming through again tonight, saving his teammates, the game, and the Yankees place in the standings, with grounder-after-grounder, deserves an even bigger nickname.
From now on, he’s “Worm Killer” Wang to me.
I was going to borrow from Bob Ferguson and suggest “Death to Crawling Things” Wang – but, I like the angle of having “Killer” in the nickname (because that’s what Wang is on the mound).