“Nuts***”- Atlanta Braves Star Given Nasty Nickname for a Hilarious Reason at MLB World Series 2021

Published 10/28/2021, 2:00 PM EDT
Oct 20, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Tyler Matzek (68) reacts in the eighth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers during game four of the 2021 NLCS at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports


If there was an award for the most unusual nickname, Atlanta Braves pitcher Tyler Matzek would win by a landslide. The 31-year-old, who produced a heroic performance in Game 6 of the NLCS against the Los Angeles Dodgers, made a kind gesture with a comical twist.

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He gave a baseball to a fan with his autograph on it. While the gesture spoke volumes about his personality, he mentioned his nickname under his autograph which gave the fan a hilarious moment to enjoy.

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Atlanta Braves pitcher Tyler Matzek signs baseball with hilarious nickname

Matzek came on as a relief pitcher during Game 1 of the World Series. Although A. J. Minter replaced the injured Charlie Morton in the third inning, Matzek played his part later in the game. The 31-year-old conceded just three hits, one of which led to a run. He also recorded two strikeouts on Tuesday night at the Minute Maid Park.

Oct 26, 2021; Houston, TX, USA; Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Tyler Matzek throws a pitch against the Houston Astros during the seventh inning in game one of the 2021 World Series at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Although he didn’t feature in Game 2, Matzek made an impression by giving a baseball with his autograph to a fan. Along with his signature, the 31-year-old wrote “Nut****” under it. While it looked hilarious at first sight, it’s actually a nickname the Braves gave him for his ability to produce outs under immense pressure.

His biggest performance under pressure in this year’s postseason came in Game 6 of the NLCS against the Dodgers. Although the reigning World Series champions occupied two bases without conceding an out, they failed to score a single run off Matzek in the top of the seventh inning.

The 31-year-old scored three consecutive strikeouts to dismiss Albert Pujols, Steven Souza Jr. and Mookie Betts. This kept the Braves’ 4-2 lead intact, which they maintained to win the NL Pennant and assure a new World Series champion will be crowned this year.

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The Braves head back home for the next three games in the World Series

With the next three games in Truist Park, the Braves will look to take full advantage of playing at home. However, the Astros showed their might in Game 2, which the Braves need to be wary of.

Oct 26, 2021; Houston, TX, USA; Atlanta Braves left fielder Eddie Rosario (8) celebrates with teammates after defeating the Houston Astros in game one of the 2021 World Series at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Game 3 will take place on Friday, with the winner getting a crucial 2-1 lead in the series. Can the Braves produce a stunning upset in front of their fans? Or will the Astros put on another display of dominance?

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Sanket Nair

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Sanket Nair is an F1 & US Sports Author at EssentiallySports. He began following F1 since 2010, which made him an instant Sebastian Vettel fan. His favorite tracks on the calendar include Spa-Francorchamps, Monaco and Monza.

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