Nickname Seeks Player: Tech Support


I was having a bit of trouble with my PlayStation 4 last night. This prohibited me from playing MLB 14: The Show, a shame since my created pitcher — Pedro Pedroia — was using his 2-seamer/cutter/splitter combo to mow down AAA batters and was on the verge of a promotion. My wife is out of town so I was doing what most men do when the wife is out of town, eating shitty food and staying up too late. I mention this only to point out the fact that the PlayStation Super Help Now Hotline was closed at this hour, and I had to relegate myself to the PlayStation Type, Wait,  Repeat Online Chat Coldline. It took over an hour, and a lot of repeating of information, but Carlos V. was finally able to get my issue fixed.

During this process, I got to thinking. Almost everyone has someone who is their go-to person for technical issues. Maybe it’s a friend or sibling or coworker, but there’s a person who is just a quick text or email away to help with a laptop, phone, or gaming console. Those who don’t have a go-to are the go-to for everyone they know, damned to an eternity of free labor solely due to the fact that they can work a computer.

Do baseball teams have this? Certainly, every team employs a myriad of tech professionals, but I’m talking about the 25-man roster. Is there a guy in every clubhouse that gets bombarded with questions about iPads and smartphones and Xboxs? Who is Tech Support by day, baseballer by night?

I turn to you, dear NotGraphs reader, for suggestions. Which player seems to best fit the name Tech Support? While this type of exercise is usually an open forum, I do have one stipulation:


That’s not even trying. Use your mind grapes. You can do this.

David G. Temple is the Managing Editor of TechGraphs and a contributor to FanGraphs, NotGraphs and The Hardball Times. He hosts the award-eligible podcast Stealing Home. Dayn Perry once called him a "Bible Made of Lasers." Follow him on Twitter @davidgtemple.

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Well-Beered Englishman
8 years ago

Joel Zumaya.

Well-Beered Englishman
8 years ago

Jeff Francoeur.

Well-Beered Englishman
8 years ago

But probably actually Craig Breslow.

The Return of Rambo Diaz
8 years ago

Kent Tekulve

John Paschal
8 years ago

Rance Mullliniks, Emeritus

8 years ago

Embarrassed that I forgot about Zumaya’s adventures when I first read your post. But mortified that I (a Red Sox die-hard) didn’t get the Tek-support pun the first time I got it.

Zumaya wins the non-pun category in my book. Though I’ll never think of Mirabelli as anyone but “Tek Support” from this point forward.