You might know rookie shortstop Brandon Crawford(notes) as the fella who hit a grand slam in his major league debut last month. But his San Francisco Giants teammates and his previous minor league mates know him as "The Professor."
In a nice profile written by the Mercury News' Andrew Baggarly on Tuesday, it's revealed that Crawford's nickname is borrowed directly from And1 streetball star Grayson "The Professor" Boucher. Crawford earned the moniker after routinely performing field tricks at short to entertain his teammates and pass the mind-numbing down time in the minor leagues. "He just schools everyone in how to play shortstop," teammate Brandon Belt(notes) explains to Baggarly.
Baggarly describes Crawford's repertoire as "part Harlem Globetrotter, part skateboard legend Tony Hawk, part Omar Vizquel(notes)." And while the big league greenhorn says he won't be overstepping his bounds as a rook and performing the tricks at AT&T Park anytime soon — unless Bruce Bochy asks him personally, that is — there's YouTube evidence of his minor league time for all of us to view. Enjoy.