We all have those moments. Like when you have a long conversation about Jed Lowrie, only to realize you’ve confused him with Brett Lawrie. It happens to the best of us. Bill Mueller and Kevin Millar. The Y-Chases (Whitley, Utley, Headley). Heck, if you’ve been around long enough, you’ve probably been doing it since Ralph Kiner wasn’t Al Kaline no matter how often you thought he was.
But who are the worst in the game right now? On a lazy off day after a frustrating loss, these are our nominations:
Peter Bourjos and Jason Bourgeois
Until the Rays signed Boojit this year, this one got me every dang time. But they’re actually pretty easy to tell apart. I mean, check out the ears on Peter.
Jason Bourgeois and Jason Bourne
This one is tougher. See, Jason Bourgeois is a real person. Jason Bourne, on the other hand, is a fictional character created by Robert Ludlum and currently played in the movies by Matt Damon. Who is apparently not Ben Affleck.
Jason Bourne and Justin Bour
Meanwhile, Justin Bour is a character for the fictional baseball team that moved to Miami after the Major League III.
Steve Geltz and Steve Jeltz
I blame the jiff/giff guy for the confusion on this one.
The soft-g guy is the bad pitcher from the current era:
The hard-j fella was an awful hitter with 80-grade jheri curls in the 80s & 90s.
Kyle Kendrick and Kyle Hendricks
Actually, I’m not convinced these two aren’t the same guy. Maybe mediocre Kyle-with-a-K did a name change to spark a luck change, like B.J. switching to Melvin, only this time it actually worked and he experienced a remarkable mid-career resurgence? I mean, can you think of a better reason Kyle-with-an-H is any good? Have they even been in the same stadium at the same time?
And just look at the way they wear their dejection:
I mean, just look at them!!! They’re practically twins!
Carlos Gomez and Carlos Gonzalez
Maybe you don’t get the players themselves mixed up, but admit it: you’re never sure which one somebody is talking about when they drop CarGo into a conversation.
How about you? Any guys you’re always getting mixed up?