The Monolithic Adenolith will not work as a nickname for Jason Heyward for two reasons: It’s cumbersome and, well, Adenolith is not his middle name.
Heyward set the record straight Tuesday when asked the origin of Adenolith, which had been reported to be the rookie sensation middle name in multiple media outlets, including the Journal-Constitution.
“That’s not my middle name,” he said, smiling. “My middle name is Alias.”
He said it’s pronounced Uh-lie-us and comes from the Bible.
“It’s a symbol for strength, courage, perseverance,” said Heyward, who had no idea where Adenolith got started or how it got connected to him.
Not that he seemed at all perturbed by it. In fact, he said it didn’t really matter to him because everyone knows him as Jason Heyward, not by his nickname.
The Braves media guide lists him only as Jason A. Heyward, and Alias doesn’t show up as a middle name for the right fielder on team reference materials or in any other baseball reference sites.
Identity should never be a problem with Heyward, 20, who’s been one of the most talked-about players in baseball since spring training.
He entered Tuesday with a .302 batting average and .423 on-base percentage, and Heyward had three times as many homers (three) as any other rookie and more than twice as many RBIs (15).
He also had more RBIs than any two other Braves combined before Tuesday, and led the majors with a .727 average (8-for-11) with runners in scoring position.
Heyward hit seventh in nine games and was moved up to sixth in the lineup Tuesday, the fourth time he hit that high in the order in 13 Braves games. Didn’t matter to him, he said.
“In my mind, the approach doesn’t change,” he said. “When you’re on deck you realize at the time, what situation you’re going to be put into and you go from there — whatever the game is about to bring to you in that situation.”