Jason A. Heyward: The A is for ‘Alias’

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.”

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RHR

April 20th, 2010
7:39 pm

Good stuff, DOB. Who how and where on the world did adenolith come from? I mean, its just a bunch of random letters thrown together.

Jeremiah

April 20th, 2010
7:43 pm

darn! I’m never first! Go Braves!

bowman

April 20th, 2010
7:55 pm

Are you sure? I think the “A” is for Alien. The things this kid is doing are other worldly, and certainly alien to what we are accustom in ATL. Ah, yest, the ATL Alien.

bowman
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“Art will always be Art.” – Goethe

mr mister

April 20th, 2010
10:18 pm

Jeff who???!!!

Hank Still The King

April 20th, 2010
10:38 pm

O’Brien,

Great job awakening fans and future historians to Jason’s identity. If you have started the ball rolling to removing his stupidly silly “J-Hey” Mays copycat nickname and replacing it with something worthy of this kids growing legend, well, hats off to you!

Coach B

April 20th, 2010
10:46 pm

Jeff who? Terrible trade, said so last year when it happened. Gave up all the upside for no upside. Just imagine how good the Braves would be with Diaz, McClouth, Francour, and Heyward. You meant to say Melky who!!! And yes I said that when they got him from the Yankees. A fourth outfielder instead of another prospect, which is what they should have gotten out of the Javier trade.

In reaction to the story yesterday by MB, putting Heyward behind Glaus is going to get Glaus more pitches besides splitting the two back to back righties up. Frankly batting 5 to 7 makes no difference pressure wise, and I am not sure that Heyward would be feeling pressure if he was batting 3rd or 4th.

Nice win tonight Braves!!!!

hawesg

April 20th, 2010
11:04 pm

J.A.H?

JAH RULES!

scottbravesfan

April 20th, 2010
11:29 pm

Francouer would still be awful if he was in Atlanta. The guy couldn’t handle the pressure of playing in his home town. He even said so himself.

Realist

April 21st, 2010
8:08 am

Nice work, David “Adenolith” O’Brien. Next time maybe you should ask the guy first, before you start writing game story leads based on a made-up middle name.

Outkast

April 21st, 2010
12:33 pm

Hey Bowman, its ATLien. Now just throw yo’ hands in the air!

Dean David

April 21st, 2010
2:03 pm

Maybe the name was Aliah which means “sublimity”. Go Braves

Luke M

April 21st, 2010
2:04 pm

The “A” is for Arty, as Heyward is the strongest man in the world.

Luke M

April 21st, 2010
2:10 pm

Canada

April 21st, 2010
2:17 pm

The A could stand for Awesome.

Larvell Blanks

April 21st, 2010
2:29 pm

That darn Heyward, doesn’t he know “Adenolith” was just a typo?!?

[...] up with the Braves, people for some reason thought his middle name was ‘Adenolith’.  According to Heyward, his real middle name is ‘Alias’ (a variation of the name Elias) an…  Adenolith is not a real word.  I guess it sounds impressive and massive because it sounds sort [...]

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