Dominic Smith still was in Triple-A when Major League Baseball revealed that nicknames will be worn starting Friday night for the inaugural Players Weekend, running through Sunday night.
He’s not sure if he’ll get a nickname on the back of the unique uniforms, but his Mets teammates already have given him a few since he was called up on Aug. 11.
“I just go by whatever they call me in here,” the first baseman said. “Big Diesel, Big Ticket, Medium Hurt.”
The latter, of course, is a play off White Sox Hall of Famer Frank Thomas’ “Big Hurt” nickname.
Many veterans have been dealt since the nicknames were revealed Aug. 9, including Curtis Granderson (“Grandyman”), Jay Bruce (“Bruuuce”) and Neil Walker (“Walkie”).
Others, such as Steven Matz (“Reno”) and Michael Conforto (“Scooter”), won’t be on the field because of injuries.
But Smith will be joined by young Mets such as fellow rookie Amed Rosario (“El Niño”) and Brandon Nimmo (“Nimms”).
Smith said that despite the injuries that have hurt the roster, it’s good that all the young players are getting a chance to build more chemistry at the highest level.
“It takes time to learn how to play up here together,” he said. “Learning the game up here, especially together, it’s going to help us in the long run.”