No, we're not endorsing a political candidate.
We're merely showing the home team crowd how to vote for Dunedin Blue Jays star lefty pitcher Boomer Potts in Minor League Baseball's Moniker Madness tournament, a contest that's pitting 64 players against each other to see who's got the best name in the minors.
Boomer's real name is Jared Potts. He acquired the nickname early in life. He explains in a story on the D-Jays' MiLB.com site:
"Boomer came along because I was born on the Fourth of the July. My great grandmother was still alive when I was born and she called me Boom Boom. That stuck for about a year or two. Then after she died my dad shortened it to Boomer and it sort of stuck around. My parents have never called me Jared. I even sign autographs as Boomer."
Minor League Baseball chose the 64 players across the entire minor league system with the most unique or funniest names and is pitting them against each other in five rounds of voting to determine who has the best name in the Minor League.
First-round voting ends on Monday, July 16.
Boomer is up against some stiff competition. His first-round opponent is Tyson Van Winkle (of the Visalia Rawhide).
If he wins, he faces the winner of the Caleb Bushyhead vs. Chance Ruffin matchup.
To vote for Boomer, visit the Moniker Madness bracket online, then click on his name in the bracket. Voting takes place one round at a time, so you'll have to visit again starting July 17 to move your favorite player names ahead.
You'll be asked for your name and email address to cast a vote. If nothing else, check out some of the other funny names on the bracket — Kevin Quakenbush, Rock Shoulders and Bear Ray!
Here's a quick link to the Moniker Madness brackets.