The best part of this story for me is that Scooter Gennett was calling himself Scooter all the way back in third grade (more on that below). But I’m weird.
Gennett, of course, had one of the biggest offensive days in the history of MLB recently when he hit four home runs for the Reds in a 13-1 win over St. Louis. Gennett wasn’t even supposed to start that day, and was playing out of position in left field.
He grew up in Cincinnati, and today one of his former teachers came to his game with a special gift, and a great memento.
Tonight, she saw her former pupil and brought framed articles from the game of his life. pic.twitter.com/NIJH6XTRfQ
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) June 16, 2017
Gennett’s real name is Ryan. Here’s how he became Scooter:
The playful 23-year-old has been going by his nickname of Scooter since about the age of 5.
Gennett found himself at a police station as a young child because he was giving his mother problems with wearing his seat belt. She took her son in to scare him into wearing it, and left with a surprising twist.
In an attempt to avoid trouble with the law, the mischievous young Gennett gave officers a fake first name. “I told the cops Scooter Gennett because that was my favorite Muppet Babies character. I kind of just used it as an alias, I thought I would get in trouble if I told them my real name.”
Both the police officers and Gennett’s mother were not expecting the youngster to give an alias. “She was shocked, she didn’t know that that was my favorite character. It kind of surprised her. She gave me a nudge to tell them my real name and I still didn’t. I just rolled with it.”
Gennett decided he liked his new identity so much he stopped responding to his real name. “For about a year or so I didn’t answer to Ryan. To get me to do anything, my parents and everyone would have to call me Scooter. It kind of just stuck.”