In case you’ve been hiding under a rock for the past week or so, former Oakland Athletics (and Tampa Bay Rays) utility man Ben Zobrist has been officially traded to the Royals for minor league pitchers Sean Manaea and Aaron Brooks, as the deadline nears.
But while the versatile switch-hitter is known best for simply getting on base (he has the fourth-most walks in the majors since the start of the 2009 season with 537), it’s the load of intriguing nicknames that keeps fans and funny sports meme makers truly engaged in this MLB veteran’s life.
Zo, Zobe, Ben-zee, Z-man, Zobo and Zorilla are all top notch, but all pale in comparison to the moniker of Luke Skywalker’s legendary mentor. Like Obi-Wan Kenobi before him, Zobrist is seasoned in the art of the Jedi. In other words, the dude can play ball.
And at 34 years young, Ben Zobrist is far from finished.