Is Shields really "Big Game James"?
October, 17, 2008
Joe Posnanski likes James Shields. He really does. But for the life of him, Joe can't figure out how Shields got his nickname
I'm a big James Shields fan. Big. I remember before the start of the year having an argument with a pretty prominent baseball guy about him. He said Shields was just another guy, a middle-of-the-rotation, third-starter, fourth-starter guy. I didn't feel that way at all. I said that he was one of the better pitchers in the American League. Shields was a big reason why I predicted that the Rays would be a contender in 2008. And yes, I'm going to break my arm patting myself on the back again.
That said, I have NO idea how he got this ridiculous "Big Game James" nickname. Big Game James was Lakers forward James Worthy, who averaged 21 points and shot 54 percent in the playoffs. He was the MVP of the 1988 finals. He was Big Game James. He earned that, you know, by playing well in big games.