March 5, 2006

Nickname: Heartthrob

Nicknaming Chris Denorfia “Heartthrob” was a happy accident. At the Reds Caravan stop in Indianapolis I tremblingly approached the microphone and asked Mr. Denorfia this question:

With Adam Dunn moving to first base and rumors swirling about trading Austin Kearns, how do you feel about your chances for becoming Cincinnati's next big outfield heartthrob?

The crowd was very amused, but no one moreso than Marty Brennaman, who continuously referred to Denorfia as “Heartthrob” throughout the caravan. Since then, Steve Stewart has mentioned the nickname several times on the radio, much to my joy.

And it's really true. If you look at the photos of Denorfia, he looks kind of goofy, but this last year he's really started to fill out and he's getting downright dashing. I think he's a shoe-in for outfield heartthrob—if he can just make the team.

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