Name Game: Crash Tested – Dad Approved

I received a random e-mail from my sister the other day. The subject line was: “Conversation with Brooke.”

It was a forwarded message from a longtime family friend. I was a little intrigued – cautiously optimistic and praying that it wasn’t a “Send this to 13 friends or die” e-mail.

It turned out to be one of the most wonderfully great e-mails that I’ve EVER received.

Here is the e-mail in its entirety – a conversation between our friend and her 5-year-old daughter:

“No, you can’t have any M & Ms!”

“But why?!?!”

“They are bad for you, they will make you lose energy and crash.”

“That doesn’t even make sense, crash doesn’t mean anything..it is a name”

LOVE. IT.

I love it, because I’m a HUGE fan of my son’s name – Crash Greer Myers. I love the fact there is not another kid at school with his name. I love the fact that everyone has a comment about it – good or bad. I love the fact that it fits him like a glove.

As I was penning this post, I remembered writing a commentary about his name right after he was born. I thought it would be appropriate to share on the heels of this priceless (and validating) conversation.

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Did We Hit a Home Run With Son’s Name?

Nolan Ryan

I recently saw an intriguing blog post about “Best Baseball Baby Names for Boys.” 

Here are a couple names that the author listed: 

• Nolan (for Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan)

• Thurman (for Yankee legend Thurman Munson)

• Gaylord (for pitcher Gaylord Perry)

I would like to throw my son’s name in the mix:

Crash

This namesake was made famous by Kevin Costner’s character in the classic baseball film “Bull Durham,” but a lot of people don’t know that Costner’s character was loosely inspired by a real baseball player. (Confession: I didn’t know this either until I found it on Wikipedia.)

Lawrence Columbus “Crash” Davis was a major leaguer who spent a short time playing for the Durham Bulls. He also played three years for the Philadelphia Athletics. 

I like giving credit to the fictional Crash Davis, though – he’s the one that said:

“I believe in the soul, the cock, the pussy, the small of a woman’s back, the hanging curve ball, high fiber, good scotch, that the novels of Susan Sontag are self-indulgent, overrated crap. I believe Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone. I believe there ought to be a constitutional amendment outlawing Astroturf and the designated hitter. I believe in the sweet spot, soft-core pornography, opening your presents Christmas morning rather than Christmas Eve and I believe in long, slow, deep, soft, wet kisses that last three days.”

NOTE: When my son turns 21, I’ll require him to memorize that.

While we’re on the subject of Crash’s name….let me explain how all of this came about. A lot of people have inquired about it.

“Crash? Really?”

The greatness of the movie – and Costner’s character – are only part of the answer.

Wait…there’s more. Click to read!

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