As much as I'd prefer not to have poll questions centered on Rick Porcello for two straight weeks, we're a little dry on topics at the moment. So even though this might be a question better suited for later in the offseason or sometime around Spring Training, we'll go with it now.
I don't know who was the first to coin the "Kid Rick" nickname in our GameThreads. Maybe the person who used it here saw it someplace else first. (You know who you are. Raise your hand.) But it stuck. Even the guys at Big League Stew dug the nickname when I threw it out there during the AL Central tiebreaker. And rightfully so, because it's kind of brilliant, playing not just on Porcello's rookie status, but on a pop culture figure with Detroit ties.
But the nickname can't last forever. Kid Rick grew up before our eyes this season (sporting a pretty impressive pennant race beard), but eventually he will develop into adulthood. (And the "Tiger Beat" contingent of the BYB community can voice their feelings for him without looking kind of lewd while doing it.) And when he reaches that point, will the nickname no longer stick?
So that's the subject of this week's poll question:
When should the "Kid Rick" nickname for Rick Porcello be retired?
You can find the poll on the right sidebar below the FanPosts block. Or you can vote here. Please add your thoughts in the comments. And if you have suggestions for future poll questions, shoot me an e-mail.
How did our last poll go?
Maybe not the most objective crowd on this one. But Porcello's late-season run may have turned some heads.
Where do you expect Rick Porcello to finish in the AL Rookie of the Year voting?
Thanks to everyone who voted in the poll.